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I believe the script was written way before than facebook or twitter
and then produced recently.
The characters do not show any ability to use cell phones, internet or the computer itself efficiently. The dumbest character is not only the blond ex girl friend but also every single of them.
The acting when Laura encounters the boy at the bathroom door is so poor by both sides, they don't seem surprised even a little bit.
This is just another poor romantic comedy to watch when you have nothing else to do.
I have seen better low budget movies made in 90s.
The premise was promising, as the two main characters were developing nicely to their ill fated encounter. But that's where things fizzled and became quite predictable and mundane: silly, sappy formulaic Hollywood. The narrative was not very amusing, a fast food romance. Michael Rady as Kevin was flat and the sequence with the studio executives was pedestrian. Laura, played by Abby Wathen, teased with potential but could not muster enough without the hook of her roommate, Meghan Markle who sparkled as Mindy, offering the only real laughs throughout the movie, salvaging it from being flat out awful. The tie in to the talk show interview with the "Laws of Attraction" thread was sophomoric and hard to watch especially the scene as the credits rolled.
The two leads (Abby Wathen and Michael Rady) carry this film brilliantly. Somehow they bring off the virtually impossible feat of creating powerful chemistry between them while sharing very minimal screen time together. And best friend Meghan Markle is right up there with them. Although the dialogue is witty and smart, many gratuitous curse words, for some inexplicable reason, are thrown in by screenwriters Nate Barlow and Boris Undorf. (Sad because RANDOM ENCOUNTERS could have been made - - and more effectively - - with ZERO off-color language.) Still, I was rooting wholeheartedly for Laura and Kevin to find each other again after their chance meeting early in the film because these two likable characters seemed so ideally suited. The belated resolution of their "love at first sight" does not come as much of a surprise, but it is satisfying nonetheless - - though, in my opinion, MUCH too abrupt. The film fades immediately to black, and then there is an extraneous, silly epilogue over the closing credits. That, I think, was a miscalculation. And yet, all in all, I liked RANDOM ENCOUNTERS quite a lot and found the attractive leading couple to be adorable and perfectly cast. I would like to watch it again, which, for such a conventional romantic comedy, is high praise indeed.
so, here we got two girls who rent an apartment in l.a., the rent in this city, especially in west Hollywood area is outrageously high, yet these two young women neither obviously got no steady jobs, the main character with a day-dreaming problem still tries so hard to get a 'tooth fairy' dental commercial hiring temp job, yet she does not seem to worry about how to pay her next month rent, still can afford sitting in her room day dream to meet a guy she encountered in a coffee shop. the other girl is busy in meeting guys on date.com and bring the new stud into her apartment for one night stand. so, they both got no jobs, they both do not like millionaire off-springs with steady monthly allowances from their foundations their parents set up for them, they still can afford dating, buying and eating ice cream, watching TV, going to coffee shop, buying newly released how-to non-fiction, manicuring their nails in expensive saloon... and the young man that main girl role dream about encountering again is not a rich guy but another struggling absolutely non-talent screenplay writer, but again, he could afford renting (or even owning?) a decent apartment in downtown l.a.? are you bullshxxting me? so i must point out here is this screenplay was obviously written by a day-dreaming poor struggling young writer who got no steady job and incomes, so he dreamed up such a ridiculous script to fulfill his day dreams, wishing a big pie would fall onto his laps. this is absolutely a unrealistic fantasy that only the imbeciles would buy it.
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