Stuck with writer's block, Sam (Justin Long) concocts a fake identity to snag local street artist Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood). After his roommate suggests checking her Facebook profile, Sam begins to shape himself into the ideal man for her. After pretending to accidentally meet at a comedy club and they become ballroom dance partners. Sam begins to write a novel based on their relationship. Can he keep up the charade as it gets more and more difficult? Written by
Birdie's Facebook profile photo is of her wearing heart-shaped sunglasses. Evan Rachel Wood, who played Birdie, wears heart-shaped sunglasses in her ex-boyfriend Marilyn Manson's music video, Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand.) See more »
At the beginning of the movie, Sam is browsing Birdie's Facebook profile, which has multiple updates shared with Friends, as shown by the icon above the update. However, as Sam has not sent a friend request to Birdie yet, he should be unable to view them. See more »
How 'bout this? Visualize writing her a message but then literally do it right now.
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Caught this because I'm a fan of Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood. The director also has a strong reputation.
The movie isn't bad, as my title states, it's a pretty standard, and by that I mean tired, rom-com. Nothing new here. The script has a few funny lines, visually it's uninspired.
I would not consider this a true indie because it features a cast of all-stars. Here is the problem with that - They are all white. Everyone! The film takes place in one of the most diverse cities on earth and yet everyone in the movie is white. Ordinarily I don't notice the white washing in movies, but this one really stood out. I think it stood out precisely because of how many famous people play secondary roles. They are roles that have no specific ethnicity or gender, and yet this casting director and director chose only white folks. Anyone could have played those parts, and likely better. Seriously Vince Vaughn; what are you even doing in this movie? I'm not particularly a Kevin Hart fan, but he could have played the role and at least you'd have had one person of color in a major supporting role. Instead the only diversity comes from throw away roles. Not actual parts at all, just folks on camera. I really can't understand how none of the producers mentioned this in pre-production. If you have these known talents in your film, that means you have the budget to give anyone a day rate. You could have actually showcased the true diversity of this city and America. Instead it's just a tired trope, derivative movie, featuring a cast of well know white actors. Simple casting parity with the same script and story would have made the whole thing more interesting.
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