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The Pact (2011)

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Their love lives in shambles, two brothers make a pact: No women for a year! The pact holds them under an almost magical spell as they take turns trying, but failing to break it.



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Two brothers, Grant and Ancel Fox, have just been dumped by the ladies in their lives. Despairing, they find solace in each other's company and, in a depressed stupor, aided by a little alcohol, make a pact: No women for a year! Regretting his vow, Ancel soon embarks on a relentless pursuit to hit on anyone in possession of two x chromosomes. Time and again he faces rejection. Grant, on the other hand, is bombarded by women of all shapes and sizes, each one finding his commitment to the pact downright irresistible. The brothers soon realize that the pact has an almost magical hold over them, punishing or rewarding them based on their dedication to their pledge. Their lives continue on separate courses until one day an athletic, rosy-cheeked girl named Charlie moves in across the hall. Soon finding himself under her spell, Grant renounces the pact and recklessly declares his love for her. Charlie, in turn, reveals her ardor for Ancel instigating a fierce showdown between the brothers. ... Written by Anonymous

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Well acted, and the audience is fully engaged throughout the film
27 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Written by Matt and Aaron Toronto, The Pact is centered on two brothers, Grant and Ancel. Grant, wallowing in despair at his favorite bar, because his girlfriend dumped him, is shocked to see his brother Ancel, also in a drunken stupor after his wife left him for one of his band members. Furious and devastated, Ancel and Grant in the height of their drunken state make a pact to swear off women for an entire year. The aftermath of the pact had entirely different results for the two brothers. Grant is surrounded by beautiful interested women, he even has a stalker at work. While Ancel, desperate to break the pact, is unable to consummate relations with any woman. Mysterious forces seem to be hard at work to destroy Ancel's chances, while Grant would be on top of the world had he not made this pact. Together they resist temptation, and continue to abide by the pact until a beautiful woman named Charlie causes trouble between the two. In the end they find that the pact was so much more than about women, or love, it was about helping each other and bonding as brothers.

I could not turn away from this charming sweet comedy about these bothers and their loss at love. The protagonists are lovable, and we desperately want these brothers to stay committed to each other and the pact. I can't emphasize enough how well written the story is. The director, Matt Toronto, did a magnificent job at focusing on the story. Utilizing all the elements at his disposal to tell a simple story well. The film is well acted, and the audience is fully engaged throughout the film.

Another element I noticed was the great use of a budget. Clearly a low budget film, the filmmakers did a phenomenal job at using the same locations, but never having a dull moment. They made sure not to become too repetitive, and have everything make sense with the story. Everything in this picture is structured exceedingly well.

Romantic comedies have taken a serious dive in the last decade, and that could simply be because we have run out of new ideas, or Hollywood stopped caring. What this film does exceptionally well is it made a genuine effort in persevering the quality of story, and strayed from anything over the top, crude, or trite. The twist in this story is that the protagonists focused on their "pact," meaning they focused on themselves, and what they needed to do in order to be happy and find love. They had a slew of external barriers they needed to get through in order to be happy. So much better than the onslaught of stale Gerard Butler, Katherine Heigl films we see nowadays that are lacking in terms of quality. If you are interested in a solid comedy that is delightfully pleasing, grab a few snacks, friends, and enjoy The Pact.

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