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So yeah, once you've seen the first scenes, you know how this story is
going to end. It's the same old love story being told over and over
again... Or is it? Somehow I found this movie actually believable, in
contradiction with some of the other well-known romantic flicks. Most
likely this has a lot to do with the roll Janeane Garofalo is playing.
She is the little neurotic music recensent Mary, who has a low self
esteem-problem and who goes on a road trip. Without playing the cliché
beauty 'that is so beautiful but just can't find the right guy', she
puts down a realistic cynical little crazy woman and this is what makes
the movie believable. The witty lines and some seemingly meaningless
happenings made me often laugh out loud and curious all the time about
what was going to happen next. Though I am a guy and Mary is a girl, I
could really identify with her and her problems, which I know many guys
This is not a 'girl meets boy' movie, it's a 'girl has boy and doubts' movie mixed up with a road trip movie and a lot of witty humor. Somehow I think this movie is a great one for Gilmore Girl- fans, please correct me if i'm wrong!
This was cute and funny. Following a music critic who learns about love
with her inheritance -a Jack Russell Terrier named Binky.
I've always liked Jeaneane Garofalo's dry, dark, and sarcastic style of humour and she spends a lot of this movie (while on her cross-country trip with her dog) having an ongoing monologue, mostly about stuff she hates. There are some genuinely funny moments here and I got sucked in despite myself.
Kristen Holden-Reid plays the somewhat jilted boyfriend, waiting back home for her to overcome her fear of commitment and he's always nice on the eyes.
This takes place in New York and across the Midwest but has an obvious Canadian feel to it and was filmed in and around Ottawa. 01.14.14
Mary writes music reviews for ALTunes Magazine in New York City, but
lately she has been too critical of bands, and her boss insists that
she take a vacation. It's just as well, because her family needs her to
come home to Wisconsin and takes some of her mother's stuff to Boston,
where she is moving to be with other relatives.
Mary's boyfriend is Jake, a country music performer (in New York? Seriously?) with the band Vicksburg who is getting frustrated with her inability to commit to him. She has been divorced for three years, and her ex is remarrying. And he invited her to the wedding!
Mary's family is even more annoying than she is. And they criticize her for just sitting around while she visits when she could be helping out. For example: walk the dog! But Mary hates dogs.
Aunt Mary seems to have a good relationship with Nephew Gary. She's sorry she won't be able to go to his birthday party (Or will she? A lot of unexpected events take place in this film).
The time has come for Mary to go home. She gets stuck driving a garish pink car, but things are about to get worse. Among the things she has to carry with her: Binky, the Jack Russell terrier she hated. The dog gets several new names, including Pot Roast and one I will only say was a favorite expression of Red on "That 70s Show". And Mary considers just leaving him somewhere a couple of times, though by the end of the trip losing the dog seems more like a crisis than an opportunity.
On the way home, Mary and the dog have adventures, if you consider corn fields to be exciting. Mary tries to convince herself and the dog that they are. In Chicago, she meets Ethan, a fan of her work who also has a band which happens to be performing in one of the cities she will pass through. He hopes she will come see them (but should he?)
Oh, yes, and if she times it right, she might make it to the city where her ex is getting married. So will she go through with it?
I've always found Janeane Garofalo annoying, but somehow she manages to appeal to me here. She's not really pretty, but that's not necessarily important. Actually, some characters think she's beautiful. She's quite funny when the scene calls for it, and she is quite effective at crying when her character finally gives in and feels vulnerable.
I don't like dogs any better than Mary, and I didn't grow to care for the dog as you imagine Mary probably did. But Mary and Binky have an interesting relationship.
I also liked Nicolas Wright as Ethan. Ethan's "music" is another matter entirely. While there was some of what I consider music in this movie, none of it was played by bands Mary reviewed or simply enjoyed.
I've enjoyed movies more, but this one was okay.
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The writing tries too hard to be witty during a time when The Gilmore
Girls were compressing a lot of script into a 50 minute show on TV.
This could have been much better by rising a few degrees above icy
cynicism, which was probably supposed to pass for cute, funny and/or
witty at various points along the way. Garafalo's character is simply
an unlikeable self-indulgent whiner. The grungy hair and overall look
is dated for 2008. As others have pointed out in the forums for this
movie, nary a cliché was missed, and the dog is little more than a
prop, not a true character as he should have been. We don't need a
dog's-eye-view, nor do we need to hear what the dog is thinking (which,
thankfully, we don't get in this movie); we just need to see the
Garafalo character experienced what it means to care, not just change
behavior for no apparent reason.
There isn't enough of a relationship developed between the Garafalo character and the dog to believe that she'd become a better person. And, it's not entirely certain that she is at the end. There's a suggestion that should have been strengthened, that she has some expertise at reviewing music, with some level of exposure and fan base. More development there, instead of too much time spent in time-filling cross-country driving through the corn belt, would have given viewers a way to know the character, instead of simply be spectators to quirky behavior.
But, hey, this is a light piece of TV-movie fluff that does the diversionary job on a weekend afternoon. It's enjoyable enough as long as expectations are kept at the level of an intern writing the movie, and another intern directing it for the Lifetime channel. Next time, Muffy, find a way to include something likable about your lead character; solipsistic sarcasm ain't enough. We might have expected better from the director, but,... the material is what it is. Not bad.
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