|Page 1 of 2:|| |
|Index||13 reviews in total|
15 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
a labored and uneven romantic comedy, 2 May 2010
Author: gregking4 from Australia
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I Love You Too is a labored and uneven romantic comedy that struggles to find big laughs. The film was written by local comic Peter Helliar, who conceived the idea some seven years ago and has been developing it ever since. The film looks at a number of relationships and explores the often rocky road to romance. The central character is Jim (Brendan Cowell), an emotionally stunted thirty-year-old man who works at a miniature railway and refuses to grow up. He lives in a bungalow at the back of his family home. He is also unable to make a commitment to Alice (Yvonne Strahovski), his girl friend of the past three years. Disappointed that Jim is unable to articulate his feelings, Alice tries to reassess their relationship. She even considers a job offer that will take her home to England, hoping to force Jim into action. After a drunken night on the town, Jim attempts to steal a car, with disastrous results. But that is how he meets the diminutive Charlie (Peter Dinklage), and an unusual friendship develops. A recent widower still mourning his wife, Charlie himself is obsessed with Francesca (Megan Gale), the supermodel who is the very epitome of the unobtainable object of desire. Jim agrees to help Charlie get in touch with Francesca if he will teach Jim the right words to say to Alice to win her back. Another major subplot concerns the relationship between Jim's pregnant sister Marie (Bridie Carter) and her beer swilling, oafish husband Owen (Travis McMahon). Helliar's script is too long for what it has to say, and there are several moments of unnecessary padding. There are also a number of moments that fall horribly flat, and scenes that go nowhere. Daina Reid hails from a background in television, having directed episodes of TV series like City Homicide, etc, and her handling of the material here is pedestrian. She seems unable to bring much energy or life into the material. The performances of most of the cast are generally fine, although, ironically, Helliar himself is one of the more annoying elements of the film. Helliar plays Jim's best mate Blake, an obnoxious and boorish bogan. His character is annoying and grating, and doesn't really ring true. His grotesque manners and clumsiness is reminiscent of Jason Siegel's character in the recent bromance I Love You, Man, although he doesn't quite redeem himself in the same way. Dinklage (from Death At A Funeral, etc) is the best thing in it, with his dry, droll wit and self-deprecating humor. Strahovski, who plays a CIA agent in the TV series Chuck, seen on Foxtel, is good as Alice. Cowell seems a little uneasy with his role here, and is uncomfortable in some scenes. Despite some good moments, I Love You Too is another example of an Australian comedy that falls flat, and is let down by the writing.
7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Refreshing, 19 October 2010
Author: toxiemite from Melbourne, Australia
Australia doesn't produce many rom/coms and while I Love You Too is just another romantic comedy on a wider spectrum, it is a refreshing little delight on a local level. The story is cute. The performances are great (Peter Dinklage is fantastic) and the gags hit the spot. I really really enjoyed this movie and think its the best of its kind since The Big Steal (which also featured Steve Bisley). Peter Hellier has written a smart little movie with a lot of heart. The little revelations throughout are really nice and the movie is well worth watching. The miniature railway setting is a nice touch too.... (Eltham Mini Railway... LOVE IT).
7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
I Love You Too, 16 September 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore
It's not everyday that we see an Australian romantic comedy on
Singapore screens, so if you're game for a smaller film that takes a
more heartfelt look at modern love and relationships, with lovable
characters each with their own quirks, then look no further than I Love
You Too, its title playing on the 4 words that the commitment phobic
try to avoid all the time. For some, asking them to proclaim their love
for another is sounding the death knell, with Freedom being kissed
Peter Helliar's story is perhaps what made I Love You Too quite refreshing, focusing on various aspects of love instead of a sole romantic one, such as that between two siblings who have to fend for themselves for almost two decades when their parents perished in a car crash, a married couple facing a new entrant into their lives, the brotherly love between two best buddies, and that instant connection and bond shared between two strangers who start off on the wrong footing, but find in each other's company strength and the beginning of a genuine friendship. Such is this tale that we'll find nuggets of character aspects that will appeal to, and identify with.
Essentially it's the story of a break up between Jim (Brendan Cowell) and Alice (Yvonne Strahovski), two unlikely souls who meet in a bar and their one night stand had carried onto 3.5 years. With that kind of a relationship comes the expectations of progressing further, such as uttering that three word phrase, a long awaited proposal, and marriage. But to Jim, a man-child who refuses to grow up and works in what was once the largest miniature train in his father's co-owned theme park, having to commit means getting Alice a commitment ring at best. Disappointed, Alice breaks up their relationship on Jim's birthday, and so begins Jim's quest to try to woo her back.
The beauty of the story comes from the many friendships and relationships between the ensemble characters. There's Jim and his best buddy Blake (Peter Helliar) who more often than not plays his wingman when they hit the bars, and opens up that blokes like him can only hope to feed off the scraps that Jim passes of. Blake is the kind of tragic character who does a lot to get noticed, and like all best buddies know how to pull the other up when the chips are down, although sometimes leading to hilariously disastrous situations.
While that between Alice and Jim is supposedly set to be the strongest relationship on display here since this is almost primarily their story, the one that I enjoyed most was that between Jim and Charlie (Peter Dinklage), a vertically challenged man who got to know Jim when the latter broke into his car. Reading a letter Charlie made out to a "Francesca", Jim is adamant that Charlie assist him in being his Cyrano, pestering him to come up with the perfect letter to woo his lady love back. These two soon grow in their friendship, and in a tit-for-tat manner, Jim decides to return the favour by hand delivering Charlie's letter, which opens up a delightful yet bittersweet subplot that runs parallel to Jim's quest for love. Saying anything more will ruin the surprise package, but I suppose one will be hard pressed not to experience some heart-wrenching moments, especially when we see how Charlie, through no fault of his own, constantly become the butt of harsh comments, and him having a heart way larger than his physical stature.
Blessed with a wonderful soundtrack, I am growing to admire Peter Dinklage's performance, where he brings forth that quiet dignity of a character given receipt of the short end of the stick in life, and his Charlie's story arc turned out to be more engaging as you'll inevitably root for good things to happen in his gamble, versus the one that Jim has to win back, to which feminists out there will probably go up in arms over with how the finale was treated, treading very close to a combination of implausible coincidences and convenience. Still, I Love You Too is recommended, for its take on friendship, relationships, and how a network of family and friends help to provide some sanity check, as well as to pick you up when you fall down.
6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
surprisingly good Australian comedy!!, 25 October 2010
Author: dr_salter from Australia
I was pleasantly surprised by this Aussie comedy when I saw it on a
plane flying home to Sydney. There is a continuous tingle of surprises
coming up in every scene & all the actors deliver that special warmth
that comes from good movie direction and consistent acting. There is a
wonderful sense of reality in the plot that shows a man who is finally
able to understand how to grow up and face the fact that if he leaves
his family home & his dinky-die mates he will be OK.
Sure, he may need to work hard to keep the new found girlfriend's touchy-feely relationship & hit upon true love with his special girl but in the end he finds it is worth the hard yards. The part played by small person Peter Dinklage (from "Death at a Funeral"-UK & USA versions) is particularly delightful & adds a certain touch of sparkle to the whole movie. Try & see it if you can.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
At best a standard Australian comedy of good but unremarkable intentions, 20 May 2010
Author: Marmaduke90 from Australia
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Jim (Brendan Cowell) and his best friend Blake (Peter Helliar) are in
their early thirties and still enjoy hitting the clubs together. Jim is
far more successful in meeting women than Blake is but his encounters
rarely last more than a single night. When he meets Alice (Yvonne
Strahovski) in a club they both happily expect to be together for just
for an evening but their relationship continues for another three and a
half years. Jim works in the largest miniature railway station in
Australia, while Alice is contemplating an important job offer back in
the UK. She is frustrated in seeing other people strengthening their
romantic entanglements, while Jim has still not proposed to her. When
Jim embarrasses Alice over dinner and cannot bring himself to say that
he loves her, she decides she will leave him and take the job offer.
Distressed, Jim hits the bottle and the clubs once more and ends up
sleeping in someone else's car. The vehicle belongs to Charlie (Peter
Dinklage), who is initially going to call the police, but he decides he
will try and advise Jim on how to make it up to his girlfriend.
For almost a decade now Australian cinema has seen both the very best and worst comedies that an industry could offer. The fluctuations in quality can largely be attributed to the types of the scripts that are produced. There are some like Kenny (2006) that are perfectly tuned to Australia's unique brand of humour and present colourful but wholly relatable characters too. Then there are those like The Extra (2005), so painfully devoid of laughs, that they tarnish Australian films collectively as being lacklustre. I Love You Too, directed by Daina Reid and written by co-star Peter Helliar, falls somewhere in the middle of the Australian comedy spectrum. It is a frequently crude and improbable film but it at least knows where its heart lies. Its predictable narrative offers familiar and transparent themes of mateship and the importance of responsibility, with sporadic laughs along the way. The film's main setup in having to win Alice back is problematic because it is difficult to accept that someone so beautiful would be willing to tolerate a buffoon like Jim. Jim's dialogue in the restaurant scene is so obnoxious and unsubtle that it strain's the audience credibility in believing that this relationship could have existed for so long. Helliar's crude brand of humour works wonderfully in small doses on TV shows that offer similarly crazy tones, but here it is cringing rather than witty. A scene where he decides to introduce Jim to a fifty-year-old hooker because he thinks she looks like Alice is indicative of the lowbrow humour that he has become accustomed to.
Rather ironically, what buoys the film is also its small ingredient. The casting of Peter Dinklage, a dwarf actor who was so convincing in Death at a Funeral (2007), is an inspired choice. Helliar has admitted writing the part specifically with Dinklage's voice in mind and as such the role fits accordingly. Dinklage is not only funny but he grounds his performance where the other actors cannot. He offers a sense of class and astuteness to his character and his final moments on screen are surprisingly poignant. Given how obnoxious and lowbrow his character is, Helliar thankfully only has a minor role to play himself as the boofhead friend. To his credit, he does have one single great line where he concedes that some men like Jim have an aura that lets them have any girl they want, whereas someone like him can only hope that a woman will look past all his flaws. Cowell is an unlikely romantic lead and even by the end of the picture he still does not have the level of sincerity to convince us that he belongs with Alice. His chemistry is best shared with Charlie and together their scenes bring some laughs. Megan Gale has a solid debut, playing an Italian model and she is a gorgeous inclusion.
I Love You Too is a familiar and lightweight romantic comedy with occasional laughs and a sugary, predictable conclusion. The material here, particularly the characterisation, is largely insubstantial and too often does the film aim for cheap laughs rather than anything particularly smart or witty. It is at least rescued by the professionalism and charisma of Dinklage, who makes this at best a standard Australian comedy of good but unremarkable intentions.
5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
This isn't just a romantic comedy it's a sincere and entertaining movie about life, 16 September 2010
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore
A question that will plague you for the rest of your (pardon the
obvious here) life is: What is life all about? We seek out the answers
in books, in academic theses, in movies, and yes, in life itself. As we
walked out from the theatres after watching the preview of this movie,
we were somewhat convinced that the past 109 minutes have presented us
with a rather poignant portrayal of life.
Surprise, surprise - the movie wasn't manufactured from the Hollywood's ingenious machines and computers. This time round, it's the kind mates from Down Under who have managed to make a film that is emotionally engaging, as well as enjoyably entertaining.
Our protagonist is 30 plus year old Jim, who is unable to commit to Alice, his girlfriend of three years. Like every other girl, Alice wishes that her boyfriend would say the three magical words you know which ones, don't you? One situation leads to another, and Alice considers leaving to take up a job in England. Elsewhere, Jim meets the vertically challenged Charlie who gives him a new insight into what love really means. In this somewhere there's also Jim's best friend Blake, his pregnant sister Marie and her rough edged husband Owen.
We acknowledge the fact that the synopsis doesn't really sound exciting, but think about it how exciting is life itself for most of us? What triumphs for this movie is its nice blend of comedy and affecting drama. We hate to say this, but if this screenplay was taken up by a money raking Hollywood studio, or for that matter, a local TV production house, things would have turned out to be a dreary drab of a mess.
Maybe you can call it first time lucky, because here we have first time writer Peter Helliar penning the screenplay. It is also the directorial film debut of Daina Reid. They may not be familiar names with us in this part of the world, but trust us, there is really a lot of heart in this one.
While watching this well written movie, you'd be reflecting on the various aspects of life love, friendship, kinship and the little episodes which play themselves out amidst these larger grand themes. Helliar have managed to capture the little moments in life which define the greater moments from the quibbles in a restaurant, the wild parties in a club, to the efforts taken by a friend to cheer his pal up, and a simple desire to connect with someone through writing letters. These setups are written with a fresh touch of humour, which remind of life itseld. Reid has also done a decent job of directing her cast in the various situations, never at once making them caricatures which we are so used in Hollywood movies and TV productions.
The cast delivers fine performances here. Brendan Cowell plays Jim, a familiar man in his 30s who is emotionally diminutive. not just because he works at a miniature railway. The Australian actor exudes an underachiever charm that is both charismatic and empathizing. Helliar takes on the role of Jim's best friend Blake, who may seem rough and tough on the surface, but has one of the best lines in the movie when he tells Jim what he really feels about their friendship. Yvonne Strahovski plays Alice, the girlfriend who has to make a really important decision about her own life. The sweet looking actress puts her appealing looks to good use here. Fellow Australian actors Birdie Carter and Travis McMahon also display their acting chops in the roles of the wife and husband who are experiencing some bumpy times while expecting their first child.
Watch out also for Peter Dinklage's unforgettable performance as Charlie, the American who changes Jim's life. The actor has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, which naturally makes him different from the rest. But that doesn't stop us from commending his moving performance it's one of the best we have seen this year.
You end up feeling and caring for all the characters in the movie, and that's because you are living life.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
My first Aussie romantic comedy. Not bad, 30 November 2011
Author: JRlock from Montreal, Canada
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I was very happy to see Peter Dinklage in a role, a supporting role that made this movie worth watching. Otherwise, it's pretty much a run of the mill romantic comedy, okay but nothing special. I found something distinctively different with an Aussie romantic comedy; that made me want to watch it. It a chance to view something not American and not British. The sub-plot involving Dinklage gives the movie a little class. He had the best lines and was the most believable player in the bunch; he got to kiss the very hot Megan Gale and his story was the only dramatic bit of the whole movie. This actor is an accomplished dramatic actor who in my opinion has played a few bit comedies 'for the mortgage" and unfortunately is better known for that and his diminutive 4'5" height. Actors of his size don't get too many opportunities like that. "Bad Santa" and Tony Cox come to mind. I picked this movie because I wanted to see a film with Yvonne Strahovski; she made a good impression on me in the movie "Killer Elite". Considering what I wrote about Dinklage and Strahovsky, I was satisfied with my choice. I liked it but it would be presumptuous of me to recommend it.
4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
I'm in two minds..., 15 May 2010
Author: natural_born_cynic from Australia
Overall, I enjoyed it. I actually did. I liked it for reasons that
others may see as stupid, but I liked it. Beware though. There are
things that just make me sigh when I think back on them...
After hearing about this movie getting SO hyped up on shows like Australia's The 7pm Project I expected it to be quite half-ass, because Peter Hellier is only moderately funny when live and hype is all this film could rest on later.
I'll admit, it's a bit self-serving (Hellier is the moron best friend) but his character, although a little flat for an Oscar nomination (why does everything have to be about the Oscars?!)is likable in a "What is going ON with this guy?!" sort of way.
It's fairly obvious that Hellier chose all his mates to be in this film (he actually states this at a couple of times) because the 'main' guy is so dull I honestly can't remember his name or the characters' name. Terrible choice of lead, that guy flat out will not have an acting career. The LEAST they could have done was shave him down.
A truly tried-and-true basic script, which is sad, but the 'little person' really brought a very dry comedic value to it that the deadhead Australian persona's portrayed bounced well off.
Actually, I'm changing my mind. yes, I'm stoked that this film isn't another heart wrenching family-falling-apart-drama or Aussie-battler- with-mediocre-win-in-final-credits movie like Australia is famous for, it was a pretty vague attempt at a movie that is probably best left for Hollywood to churn out.
5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
A story about mateship and commitment, 18 May 2010
Author: carlos from Melbourne Victoria Australia
Many Australian cultural males like I would probably enjoy this film I
recommend every male take his girlfriend to this
Although movie is classified as a Romantic Comedy there certainly wasn't any Hugh Grant style head over heals Romance between Alice and Jim shown, in contrast we see the suburban after honeymoon phase a static couple living together. Jim his biggest challenge in life is showing loving affection to Alice, Alice now 3 years older longs for more from a partner and decides to move on, we follow Jim and Alice in their separate ways and the emotions they feel along the way.
The movie is more about the mateship between the male leads Jim & Charlie and long term mateship between Jim & Blake. What we are shown the 'first date' between Jim & Alice and their static routine 3 years later, what romance bonded them is never directly shown in the movie, however a spiritual trusting connection is evident.
This film shows how important good mates are in a mans relationship life, A mans motive for lack of commitment or expression of emotion is not always represent his true feelings. Past events, traumatic experiences or lack of experience can limit a males ability to move a relationship forward (culturally males generally don't share this or ask for help) and Blake, even the Guy who appears to holding you back, can actually be your most loyal and generous friend.
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Lessons from Peter Dinklage..., 13 August 2012
Author: mifunesamurai from Australia
I found the sub-plot of the character, Charlie (played by Peter
Dinklage), to be more interesting than that of the boring main
characters. I'm not sure if it was the story of Charlie's life, or the
way that Dinklage portrayed the character. But Dinklage's performance,
mannerisms and emotions where underplayed to perfection that I was
hooked in by him, while the other characters just lost my interest for
the lack of realism and depth. The only time those Aussie actors seemed
decent was when they were sharing the scene with Dinklage.
There were highlights in the film thanks to Peter Helliar's comic script, but a majority of the actors let it down. The direction was of interest, capturing moments in clever camera framing (or was it the camera operator/DP?). Maybe a few rewrites of this, and perfect casting, would have given it justice. I wonder if the Yanks, or the French, can turn this into an interesting remake?
|Page 1 of 2:|| |
|Ratings||External reviews||Official site|
|Main details||Your user reviews||Your vote history|