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Save the Date may be a charming romantic comedy, but it’s a kind of horror movie, too. In the film’s pivotal early scene, Sarah (Lizzy Caplan), a bookish young artist who has just moved in with her nice-guy rocker boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend), finds herself at a loss for words when he suddenly proposes to her onstage during a concert. Already feeling a little uncertain about the whole moving-in-together thing, Sarah rejects Kevin — right there, in front of all his fans. Ashamed, she leaves the concert, as the film cuts to him in a dark room backstage, breathing heavily, terrified, and virtually unable to speak. Director Michael Mohan intercuts between the two of them, but his cutaways to Kevin seem to hold for an unusually, even cruelly long time. They don’t, of course, but it feels that way: We take in the full scope of this young man’s anguish, »

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