A lively, imperfect, occasionally stilted, often funny, insightful film. Nola Darling is an all-time great character. The rape scene is wretched, but it at least gets addressed in-narrative. Not essential viewing per se, but a in my opinion an extremely rewarding watch.
This is a weird one! Surface level, it seems like your typical mid-00s romcom, Jennifer Aniston and all. To be honest, as a movie, it's exceedingly fine. It's "whatever," you know?
So why can't I stop thinking about? There's an unusual richness of themes, metatextuality, and dramatic dynamics at play. I have to believe that the screenwriter must have at least a passing interest in psychoanalysis. I think if this movie were even 5 minutes longer, I'd find it tiresome.…
A remarkably empty, meaningless, banal, stupid, lurid, foolish film. A most blantant exercise in proving that a collection of VHS tapes and DVDs =/= an aesthetic or moral sensibility. Cinephilia in its most wretched form. A racist, misogynist fever dream.
One half star for strong musical cues and decent costuming.