Emily Blunt is hot.

Or: Oh no, they didn’t!

Or: How the hell is this released on DVD before even get to see it in the cinema?

Or: Dan in Real Life.

The Good

Did I mention Emily Blunt is hot? So is Juliette Binoche. Kinda. Also, if you look really hard (well, not that hard) there’s a pretty clever subtext beneath it all. And it doesn’t really make the movie any less enjoyable. The acting is fine, the story’s all right, the soundtrack’s nice. Also, interesting use of light when Marie is declared to be like an angel. Really does make her look somewhat like an angel.

The Bad

Yeah, the story without the subtext – I said it’s all right but that doesn’t mean it’s good. It’s more bad than good. Rather silly, above all. Wife dies of cancer, big happy family, playboy brother. Yep, big deal. I really don’t care all that much for the repeated cancer storylines. Sure, I understand that it’s common and that it’s painful and hard an terribly tough for those involved and that films that deal with the issue in a convincing way might help. That’s just not the case here – the dead wife is simply used as a plot point to establish the various characters and to have that scene with the youngest daughter’s painting. I repeat: not convincing and rather cheap.

The Ugly

Let me refer you to the “Oh No They Didn’t” alternative for the title of this post. In the scene where Emily Blunt (who, by the way, is really hot!) goes on a date with Dan – Dan’s brother (and then Marie’s boyfriend) is obviously attracted to her and all I’m capable of thinking is “Don’t you DARE go there! Don’t you fucking there go there!”. Yeah, turns out they do dare go there. Marie dumps brother, Dan gets Marie, brother gets Emily Blunt. Oh what a cop-out. This truly ranks right there in the “ugly” category. As does the fact that he apparently gets his nation-wide column in the end.

Oh, and did I mention the whole fucked up Emily Blunt storyline? I think I did. If you want the brother’s character to look like a playboy – and you do, if you have him run off with Blunt’s character a day or two after breaking up – then they can’t still be together at the marriage of his brother. That’s just a 7th-Heaven-ish cop-out. Or at least that’s what I’d imagine a 7th-Heaven cop-out to look like.

6 out of 10. And I’m being incredibly generous here.


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