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The Romantics (2010)

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Seven close friends reunite for the wedding of two of their friends. Problems arise because the bride and the maid of honor have had a long rivalry over the groom.

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Galt Niederhoffer
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Cast overview:
Katie Holmes ... Laura Rosen
Josh Duhamel ... Tom McDevon
Anna Paquin ... Lila Hayes
Malin Akerman ... Tripler
Adam Brody ... Jake
Dianna Agron ... Minnow Hayes
Jeremy Strong ... Pete
Rebecca Lawrence Levy ... Weesie (as Rebecca Lawrence)
Candice Bergen ... Augusta Hayes
Elijah Wood ... Chip Hayes
James K. Schaffer James K. Schaffer ... William Hayes
Rosemary Murphy ... Grandmother Hayes
Warrent F. McKnight Warrent F. McKnight ... Reverend Bartlett
Will Hutchins ... Grandpa McDevon
Evelyn Aronin Evelyn Aronin ... Grandma McDevon
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Friends and family convene at a beach house for the wedding of Lila and Tom. But things don't go swimmingly, mainly because of one thing that Lila and her maid of honor, Laura, have in common - Tom, the groom. Laura and Tom were an item before Lila came along and nobody seems able to forget that. With very few successful marriages to look up to, and friends that she's not sure she can trust, will Lila be able to go through with the wedding? Written by napierslogs

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A romantic drama about love, destiny and other events you just can't plan for. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El casamiento de mi ex See more »

Filming Locations:

North Fork, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,527, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,280, 26 September 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Shooting was originally going to start in summer 2009, but it didn't start until early November 2009. See more »

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At the end, when Laura and Tom are standing in pouring rain, their clothes remain completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Laura Rosen: He cheated on you.
Lila Hayes: No. You did.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Romantics (2010) See more »

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Preparedness (Live)
Written by Inara George and Greg Kurstin
Performed by The Birds and the Bee
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Lame, sophomoric film...
23 August 2010 | by bhh013See all my reviews

What starts out as a decent romantic comedy quickly devolves into a self-indulgent joke about whiny, privileged white kids who (gasp) don't know what to do with their lives! It wouldn't be so insulting if it didn't masquerade as a film about academia and intelligence, yet feature such astoundingly sophomoric scripting. Any juice that can be squeezed from the "post-college malaise" hokum is soured by cliché and archetype. And its pseudo hipster posing (the music and costumes shout indie cool as loud as they possibly can) don't cover up the fact that this movie has no substance to match its style.

Performances are fine, but not spectacular, apologies owed to the supporting actors who don't have characters to hang a portrayal around. Malin Akerman and Adam Brody stand out because of their jovial personalities and familiarity, but the rest of the cast struggles to stay afloat in a sea of underdevelopment.

The great conflict at the middle of the picture is a love triangle between Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, and Josh Duhamel, but you care so little about these three people that you'd just as soon see them end up alone. As for realism and stakes, ask yourself this: have you ever thought of Josh Duhamel as a brooding academic?

In summation: a mainstream romantic dram-com dressed up like an indie film that sins thrice: it's boring, clichéd, and insignificant. A shame considering all of the young talent involved.


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