Sex and love. Some seek it, some need it, some spurn it, and some pay for it, but we're all involved in it. Set on one afternoon on Hampstead Heath, London, this movie investigates the minutiae of seven couples. What makes us tick?
Various Londeners meet people in Hampstead Heath park. Financial adviser Billy (Ewan McGregor), a successful casual sex seeker, discusses the pros, cons, and how of his child-wish. Cheeky Noel's (Tom Hardy's) innocent pick-up lines lead only to cruelty from girls, once even abandoned jeans on ankles. Gerry's (Hugh Bonneville's) promising blind date picnic ends as abruptly when his business partner turns up, who just agreed to a Barbados holiday with his steady girl. Eddie (Benjamin Whitrow) discovers through a date mix-up that Iris (Dame Eileen Atkins), his ripe age, who come to the same park weekly too, but a day earlier, was his prospective mate until they each met their now late partners several decades ago. Pete (Adrian Lester) comes to settle the end of a marriage that shouldn't have happened except for his daughter.Written by
Dull. More like a sketch from the middle of a TV show than a movie
There is nothing mean spirited or evil about this movie. It's just terribly dull. Dull is the photography--- the film stock appears old and faded and washed-out. Maybe it was even 16mm blown up to 35mm, dunno. Dull is the script, which is tedious and 'Jules Pfeiffer'-ish. That is, kind of 1960s bossa-nova cocktail party cool. Like our beatnik grandparents might have spoken if they were trying to appear really straight. The 'slice-of-life' characters were mostly annoying. True, they were real to life, but hey, if I wanted to see truly ordinary people doing really mundane and ordinary things, I'd just watch myself. I wouldn't trapse all the way down to a cinema and blow five quid, and an evening, watching someone else do it.
I expected a funny, bright rom-com. What I got was more like what two intelligent and moderately talented 19 or 20 year-olds might have produced on their first day with a new video camera.
I gave this a 4 out 10, because it appears that someone tried, at least.
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