No, I didn’t go see it. Why would I? The trailer says it all: bomb.
Apparently, it actually is a bomb, doing extremely weak business this holiday weekend. Should we be surprised, given that the movie pairs two mega-stars? And it’s being billed as a rom com that even grownups can enjoy.
No surprise. Here’s a bulletin for Universal: I’m a grownup but I happen to enjoy rom coms that have the following:
- Actual chemistry between the two leads (I can’t even stand the thought of these two kissing).
- A story that doesn’t defy credibility (two extremely rich movie stars playing down-and-out characters can be tricky, especially if one of them has already done the dumb thing in “Forrest Gump”).
- Snappy dialogue (“Brain freeze” is a line the studio picked for Julia Roberts to say in the trailer? Really?).
- At least one or two fresh twists on the standard formula (not just she hates him in the beginning).
My fear is that Hollywood will go, “Look how that movie bombed. Let’s forget rom coms and grownups altogether and just make ‘Transformers’ and ‘Hangovers.'” Please no.