DUBBY’S DVDISCUSSIONS: Launching, Me and You

Kathmandu:

Personally I loved Failure to Launch, a rom-com that critics abroad said the title summed up the movie and other nasty things. We want to be amused when we see a comedy and Failure to Launch does it in spades.

Critic Allison Williams writes in Premiere, “In Failure to Launch, the business-minded Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), a life coach/escort makes a living convincing men who live with their parents to move out. Her newest clients are the parents of Tripp (Matthew McConaughey), a boat broker who drives a sleek roadster, dates attractive women, and has a ‘No Admittance’ sign on his bedroom door. Paula is hired to inspire the oblivious Tripp to leave the nest by getting him to fall for her. The ‘Is it for money or is it for real?’ crisis ensues, and not even the Sexiest Man Alive can save this shtick. Though McConaughey has played romantic comedy in the past, his charisma seems uneven for the immature Tripp. On the other hand, Tripp’s childhood buddies Ace (Justin Bartha) and Demo (the charmingly goofy Bradley Cooper) are successfully boyish defenders of the live-at-home lifestyle. As Paula’s boozy roommate Kit, Zooey Deschanel is her usual spacey self, scoffing at Paula’s travails and feeding her own violent neuroses. Finally, the pairing of Oscar winner Kathy Bates and football personality Terry Bradshaw as Tripp’s parents is surprisingly not bizarre; Bradshaw goes all out — and all naked — in his affable performance, and Bates deftly delivers the requisite maternal pathos. As for the central pair, McConaughey and a breezy Parker muster an easy chemistry.”

The love that dare not speak its name is a love story in the British tradition of Four Weddings, and Love Actually. It’s an unconventional love story wrapped in occasional laughter and occasional poignancy and it’s a hell of a way to pass an evening blissfully.

Says Jennifer Simonovic, a Hollywood critic, “Imagine Me &You wants you to believe in butterflies, kitten whiskers and the possibility you can fall in love at first sight. But even with all the mushy sentiment, the film keeps you laughing as well. On her wedding day, Rachel (Piper Perabo) experiences a moment of doubt. Taking the walk down the aisle to marry her best friend and supposed love of her life, Heck (Matthew Goode), she locks eyes with her florist, Luce (Lena Headey), and sparks fly. It’s a life changing moment for Rachel, but not in the conventional way. After dinner, dancing, and a few laughs, Rachel begins to believe in love at first sight, butterflies and all. Deciding between love and friendship will prove to be the toughest thing she will ever have to do.

As the only non-Brit in the movie, Rachel as Perabo shows some definite skills, deftly handling the accent, while eye candy Goode, displays an innocence that makes you root for him. And despite the overt romantic tones, Imagine Me & You also adds comic relief, especially in the form of Heck’s best friend Coop, played by Darren Boyd. This womaniser has the best lines in the movie, especially as he is trying to woe Luce into switching teams, despite the fact that he has no chance. Luce, played by Headey has a very open heart which endears her to everyone. The actress radiates on screen, particularly in her flower shop as she helps troubled lovers find the perfect ‘last chance’ flower.

Writer/director Ol Parker does a nice job with Imagine Me & You with his debut film. The film is refreshing as well as side-splitting, less about sex and more about love.”