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Textuality (2011)

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Two people attempt to get into a relationship, while exiting the multiple relationships they were each managing through their Blackberries before they met.

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... Breslin
... Simone
... Clive
Liam Card ... Michael
... Colin (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
... Dani
... Jacob
... Heather
... Marcus
... Kara (as Holly Dignard)
Danny Wells ... Mitch
Anna Cyzon ... Erin
Nicholas Rose ... Joe Marsh
... Jenny
... Jack
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Two people attempt to get into a relationship, while exiting the multiple relationships they were each managing through their Blackberries before they met.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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23 August 2011 (USA)  »

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[Breslin meets Michael at a bowling alley populated by old guys with walkers and respirators]
Breslin: So... seniors' bowling league, huh?
Michael: Most dangerous league on the planet, bro.
Breslin: How do you figure?
Michael: Most deaths.
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The Vicarage
written by Ben Bowen
performed by The Ben Bowen Project
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Cute but edgy romantic comedy
2 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

In this movie, everyone has a Blackberry. Apparently the current generation of smartphones had not been invented. And everyone is always texting.

Breslin is a financial adviser, but he's not doing too well right now and if he loses one more client, his boss Kara will fire him. One reason for his current problems is that six months ago he and Erin were supposed to get married, but something happened. We saw their romance in the opening credits, but with no audio other than an enjoyable song by Ray Charles. dates several other women, including waitress Heather and art teacher Dina (who is demanding a commitment)--and his boss.

Simone has a blog "Simone Says", and she is an artist (Dina is her art teacher) who refuses to sell her paintings, though she's quite good. It's never clear how she makes money. She is dating four men. Clive has money and is obsessed with her. Marcus is in the NBA. Colin is a loser in a band. And Jacob has to call his mother to pick him up, and he's a germophobe. Actually, as I look at the photos of the last two, I'm not absolutely sure I've got their names right. Of the four, Marcus has the best personality. However ...

Mike has inherited a lot of money and appears to be Breslin's best friend, though at one point it appears Breslin has to please Mike so Mike won't drop him, which would cause Kara to fire him. Mike is the standout character in this movie, so it is fortunate that we see him and Breslin together at the grocery store, Mike's job delivering newspapers (and not very well), and in a senior bowling league. No, Mike's not a senior, and the others on his team are mostly stereotypes--oxygen tank, walker, and so on. One man seems fine and gives advice.

There's only one reason we would be following these separate story lines. Yes, Breslin and Simone have a "meet cute" moment and she hates him at first. Simone hates texting so Breslin agrees to speak on the phone instead. But they are both quite attracted to each other and it is clear that for both of them the relationship will be more meaningful than the other relationships they are having. By the way, Dina doesn't know about Simone and Breslin.

Eventually, Breslin and Simone have problems, so the question is will they once again discover how much they mean to each other. And what about the other relationships each one is having?

This is a cute movie, if somewhat edgy. The sound went out a lot, which seems unnecessary. It was sometimes hard to follow what was being said. That's how bad it was. Do we really need that much bad language to tell a story?

I never watched an episode of "Will and Grace", so I'm not sure why I felt Eric McCormack should have been more appealing. I don't even know the man. But here he's supposed to be a jerk, and he does that well.

Liam Card, as I've mentioned, gives the standout performance, and Carly Pope is quite good as Simone, though I'm not that crazy about her. And Kristen Hager, as Dani, does a great job in the scene where she is showing her own art.

And about the art. Of course, I'm not a person who would truly appreciate art that doesn't look like what it represents. But I would say the artists whose work is shown in this movie are talented.

On the subject of Ray Charles, why is one of his biggest hits performed here by someone else, with RAP? And why were we given the impression the music was going to be good? One good song at the beginning, and maybe a few others, and four scenes with nice instrumental music. But for me, the music wasn't that good overall.

A curious choice made early in the movie: isn't art class supposed to be colorful? I'm sure there is some artistic reason for this, but everything looks brown. It's like that TV series a few years back where the detective and his family were in a car accident. If his son survived, everything was blue. Then he would wake up and it was his wife who survived, and everything with yellow and orange. There's a name for this.

Overall, I think this is more than just the ordinary romantic comedy.


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