Bill is unhappy: he has married a banker's daughter and has a dead end job at the bank; his wife Jess is tied to daddy's wallet; and, Bill is developing a gut from lack of exercise and constantly eating candy bars. He dreams of buying a donut franchise to be independent of Jess's dad. Bill is roped into a mentoring program at his old prep school, assigned a smart-mouthed kid who pops up when least expected. When Jess starts an affair with Chip, a local TV personality and vain Rob Lowe look-alike, it sends Bill, the kid, and a young sales clerk from a lingerie shop on a quest to win back Jess and get the donuts. What about self-respect? Written by
In the movie Bill's father in law's character is named John Jacobi. Jan Jacobi is the head of the MICDS middle school, where many of the Tate Academy scenes were shot. See more »
While discussing the details of the doughnut franchise with Jim and Jane Whittman, Bill takes two bites of a doughnut. When the angle changes at the end of the scene, there is only one bite in it. See more »
Meet Bill is a bad film. There is no way around it. Aaron Eckhart, who was amazing in Thank You For Smoking, seems to be attempting a Jim Carrey-style comedic performance, and it doesn't work at all. His performance as an obnoxious, petty, immature 40-something is unpleasant to watch. It is not entertaining or funny, just uncomfortable. The plot is pretty simple: Bill is working for his father-in-law at a very successful bank and is unhappy; his wife cheats on him, things fall apart.
The other characters seem to exist just to help Bill find out who he really is or something like that. Jessica Alba is one of these. She plays a cashier at a Victoria's Secret who befriends Bill and his young mentee. She doesn't really put any effort into her role, but I don't blame her because her character was wildly underdeveloped. She has no real motivation in the film- she's just there to help Bill regain his confidence. Young actor Logan Lerman plays Bill's mentee- a private school kid with a bottomless allowance, a disturbing infatuation with Alba's character, and an inexplicable desire to spend all of his time with Bill. Craig Bierko plays Bill's gay brother, who sits around trying to talk sense to him and does little else.
Elizabeth Banks is OK as Bill's wife, and it is perhaps the only redeeming quality of the film that she is not completely villainized. The only highlight if the film comes in the form if Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis of the current SNL cast, who plays representatives of a donut franchise Bill is trying to get involved with.
The script is aimless, the dialog horrible, and the conclusion completely unsatisfying. I really wished I hadn't watched this movie by the time it ended.
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