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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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nothing complicates friendships like love. See more »

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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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Country:

USA

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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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References Dynasty (1981) See more »

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Gentle Floss
Written by Rod Thomas
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The Romantics is a Charmer
27 January 2010 | by sundevil27See all my reviews

At first glance The Romantics gives the impression that it might be one of those trendy new value packed romantic comedies laced with bits and pieces of top talent aimed at getting fans in the seats but offers little in the way of good story telling. A good example being the dull "He's Just Not That Into You" or the recent "Valentine's Day". Luckily the Romantics is not one of those types of films, in contrast it's a true ensemble piece where the actors work stronger as a unit then alone. The casting by long time producer, first time feature length Director Galt Niederhoffer is near pitch perfect and the players work together seamlessly to create a smart story about the unpredictability of love and how we may get older and wander but some things just never change.

The Romantics are a crew of preppy (former J.Crew models from the looks of their cloths) late 20 somethings that come together on a Hamptonish Long Island estate for their friend Lila (Anna Paquin) and Tom's (Josh Duhamel) wedding. Lila has asked her old college roommate and friend Laura (Katie Holmes) to be her maid of honor. This a rather devious gesture by Lila because Laura has a long standing history with the groom Tom. Of course with the old gang getting together again Laura must push through the torment and do her part at the wedding. The friends are all well aware of the tension between Lila, Tom and Laura and expect fireworks to fly before the the wedding bells ring. Tensions begin to build at the wedding rehearsal dinner before kicking off a wild night that finds old lovers reuniting and old friends rediscovering themselves.

The Romantics asks the question is the nostalgia of our past love just a sugar coated flashback or is that first true love the most pure and most enduring love? From what we can gather here, there is no clear answer only a process of trying to understand ones true feelings. The Romantics stays true to the process, allowing the events of the movie to unfold in a very honest and rewarding manner . Where other lesser films might try to force the jokes and push forward to a obviously predictable ending the Romantics is at its best when it focuses simply on people's feelings and the raw emotion of the moment.

What is abundantly clear after viewing this movie is that Katie Holmes is a really great actress, not good, great . Believable, honest and fragile, in the role of Laura she elevates the material here and there leaves little doubt that she deserves consideration on her own merits sans her TomKat status. Additionally Josh Duhamel delivers a very rewarding performance , he brings a lot of charm and honesty to the performance. His chemistry here with Katie works incredibly well.

The entire cast all have there moments in the Romantics, however its hard not to see that many of the players here deserved more screen time and more chance for developmet. Elijah Wood in particular needed more face time, he is an absolute riot fest here. To add to that Dianna Agron of Glee fame turns out a great little performance as Anna Paquin's sister in the movie. Strikingly gorgeous and infatuating on screen Dianna is a star in the making, her moments with Anna were gems. Fans of Malin Ackerman, Anna Paquin and Adam Brody will probably feel let down that each star didn't receive a bit better treatment, however there are still little treats in each of the their performances which should satisfy most fans.


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