, 11 Feb 2009
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I was expecting this film to be appalling - the whole premise sounds utterly cringeworthy, for starters.
However, I was pleasantly surprised.
This is not a deep movie, not something you will be mulling over weeks later, but it doesn't pretend to be. However, light and fluffy as it is, it has something to say for itself about the nature of celebrity, the nature of love, coming of age, and all that jazz. It's fluff, but it is remotely thoughtful fluff, which can't be said for plenty of films that are intended to be a good deal deeper and more mature.
Kate Bosworth is genuinely sweet (although verging on saccharine sometimes, and I can see why people might find her annoying), Josh Dudamel surprisingly funny and wry (and his sidekicks are hilarious - actually, all the supporting roles are pretty strong). Ginnifer Goodwin provides a very entertaining comedy turn as Bosworth's best bud, who is a little crazed and off balance: lots of fun.
Star of the show, though, has to be Topher Grace, whose unassuming Pete is simply adorable. He has most of the best lines, and delivers them with both humour and a touching pathos. Anyone who fails to giggle at him yelling 'Guard your carnal treasure!' through the gate at the airport needs to get a sense of humour, and the whole 'you have 6 smiles' is very cute.
On the whole, no, this is not a great movie, a deep movie, a movie that will win oscars. But the term 'feel good' could have been created for it, and if you just want a movie to make you sigh, smile, and feel good about the world for ninety minutes, this is the one for you. Suspend your inner cynic for an hour and a half, and... enjoy.
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