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There is no chemistry between Hudson and Wilson. The story drags...and drags. The use of so many different characters does not have the desired effect (whatever that may have been), this gimmick only makes the movie more tiresome. My friend and left long before the end, and that was the only part of the experience I do not regret.
I should have walked out like several other people did. Why, oh why, did I sit through the whole thing? I truly expected better role choices from these two main actors. There didn't seem to be any believable connection between Wilson and Hudson either. Don't even bother with this one as a rental.
I saw this piece of contrived crap last night at a free screening and WOW did it suck. I am a woman, but fellas--if your girlfriend drags you to see this movie, I think that killing her for doing so WOULDN'T be punishable by law (not that I advocate murder). The writing is labored and plodding. Kate Hudson (who dons a brunette hairdo to let us all know that she's a no-nonsense-smarty-pants of a girl) is shrill, annoying and one-dimensional. Luke Wilson just does what he does in his typical Texan laid-back, nonplussed way. But what's missing beyond a plausible plot, clever dialogue and the 90 minutes or so of my life that I'll never get back, is CHEMISTRY (that oh-so critical element in a ROMANTIC comedy). I feel sorry for anyone choosing to pay money to see this.
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I admittedly did not get past the first scene. But it was one of the worst pieced of screen writing i have ever watched/listened to. It was so bad in fact, that half of Luke Wilson's lines were over dubbed as filmmakers frantically bailed water from their stinking sinker. The lead immediately resorts to violence and she finds it cute or something? What woman inn her right mind would spend another minute with a man who physically restrains her moments after meeting her? This thing truly sucked. Women get treated like idiots by a male writers again. I am done, but the powers that be want 10 lines. Ironic, I have no more to say, and this movie is clinging to me like dog poop on my shoe. 0/10
I cannot believe I wasted my money on this garbage? While watching this, I asked myself "Why would ANYONE, especially Kate Hudson and Luke Wilson, want to make such a crappy movie like this?!" My goodness, what happened to Kate Hudson after Almost Famous? It was bad acting, bad directing, a cheesy script and a lack of chemistry that made this movie a giant stinker. I didn't laugh at all, and the plot made no sense. I suggest you save your money, or go watch something like "Whale Rider" or "Finding Nemo". 1/10 stars
I decided to gouge my eyes out rather than subject myself to viewing
another second of this tortuous mess.
If you wanted proof of aliens and the ability to inhabit the human body (AKA Invasion of the Body Snatchers), than this is it. It's hard to believe that Rob Reiner, Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson could have been collectively stupid enough to think THIS was a movie worth making... I have to believe they were being controlled from outer space by beings without the benefit of sight.
My fiancée even has decided to change the name of her son, Alex, as a result of the embarrassment she felt watching the first 20 minutes of this disaster. That's a piece of my life that I will mourn the loss of for years.
RUN! SAVE YOURSELVES! DON'T WATCH THIS "MOVIE" (and I use that term loosely...)!
I'm worried about you movie fans. If you're reading this review, you might
be thinking about watching 'Alex & Emma'. If you saw it already, all hope is
lost. For those who haven't seen this unromantic and unfunny rom-com yet,
here are a dozen helpful hints. Yes, I've just created the exclusive Alex &
Emma 12 Step Program. This is critical, so take notes!
1. set every clock in your house to the plot developments
2. gulp a shot of whiskey every time you laugh (WARNING: you won't even catch a buzz)
3. wonder what the heck happened to that talented Rob Reiner fellow
4. yell at Hudson to "just shut your annoying trap and type, dummy"
5. imagine Luke's brother Owen playing Alex because that's what Luke did
6. set your eyebrows on fire to keep yourself awake
7. make your stuffed animals kiss each other (they'll probably teach you more about passion than Alex or Emma)
8. breathe a sigh of relief because no one will actually publish the lame novel the characters co-write
9. check Hudson's IMDb page to confirm if she has indeed played this same character 287 times already (yup)
10. start writing a snarky review halfway through the movie
11. return the DVD to the video store, rent something else, and never think of spending 96 minutes with 'Alex & Emma' again
12. repeat 12 step process as necessary
What a waste of an interesting comedy. Could've been wonderful, seriously,
it could've been, but...
Anyway, I've grown tired of this recent trend that romantic comedies can't be either romantic or a comedy. Well, I guess it's not a recent trend, but there's a huge problem with it. This movie was neither funny nor tear-jerking nor anything of importance. Which is really sad, considering its director.
The "plot" is that a writer has a limited time to write a book and so he dictates it to a hired secretary. Two romances are going on; one in the book world and one in the real world. Neither are romantic. A waste, a crying shame, whatever you want to call it, DON'T see this movie. Go watch Love, Actually or another good rom-com. Let this burn in the depths of Hollywood Hell.
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The idea for the story is a good one for a romantic comedy. So after I ready the tagline and basic summary I thought to myself 'This could be really good and cute'. Boy where I mistaken. This is the worst romantic comedy I've ever seen, it should've gotten some kind of award for being so bad. The whole movie (not kidding here) focuses on developing the fictional characters in Alex's book instead of the real ones Ales (Luke Wilson) and Emma (Kate Hudson). For the first 5 minutes it seems like fun, but after 20 you just realize that you no longer care about the real main characters because they're so underdeveloped. Also it's ridiculous and insulting to the audience to have Alex and Emma fall in love in this mad and stormy way from just sitting in his apartment working 24/7 almost completely without actually talking to each other. When most of the movie was done, it became clear that they'd wasted a really good story setting this way. It's kind of ironic, because the book that Alex is writing in the movie obviously suck in the same way. This is by the way another mistake in the movie. The script is so bad, that everything Alex tells us (the audience) about the book he's writing throughout the movie makes it seem like a real piece of crap. The ending is really good (for a romantic film that is), and it's too bad they didn't tried harder when they made the movie.
I don't know but I could have told any producer that half of Kate Hudson's charm is her blonde hair. It's like her mother starring in GI Jane. It's a no go and a no brainer. Also, I like seeing similarities in movies but at least make mention of it if it's a lesser know film. Alex and Emma story, idea and premise is taken from THE GAMBLER (1997) who have some heavy weight performances and a good plot.
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