Patterns of Attraction is a Romantic comedy that emphasizes the importance of commitment, true love and breaking old love patterns in order to create new beginnings. Celeste and Shane are ...
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Patterns of Attraction is a Romantic comedy that emphasizes the importance of commitment, true love and breaking old love patterns in order to create new beginnings. Celeste and Shane are writing partners as well as romantic partners. Shane is not ready to settle down and commit to one woman though he and Celeste live together and have been in a relationship for over two years. Both struggle with their personal issues and are constantly learning to accept each other in spite of their faults. Their love of writing is the bond that keeps them together but Shane's many affairs is what's tearing them apart. Celeste finally gets to the point where she is ready for more in the relationship and has given Shane an ultimatum. She learns tough lessons about loving a man who is not ready for the same level of commitment and is faced with making some tough decisions. Shane is always shopping for that perfect woman but through his shopping addiction he realizes that this pattern is destroying him ...Written by
This is a romantic comedy is about young Black professionals and their ability to commit. The major players are skilled and attractive -- Paula Jai Parker, Omar Gooding, Trae Ireland, Tatiana Mariesa and Tiffany Haddish among them. The dialogue is realistic and well delivered and the characters are believable -- the guys are relucant to commit, the women want monogamous relationships.
Despite this I was less than thrilled. This is essentially a show in which everyone talks constantly and there is little physical motion. Almost every scene is set in a room in which people talk -- sometimes this is varied by having people talk on the telephone -- and there is no sense of place -- it could be in any large city. So there is little physical motion, which, while it probably reflects the lack of advancement in the relationships, makes for a visually dull motion picture, despite the handsome people, costumes and sets.
Director Grayson Stroud tries to compensate for this by frequent cuts, usually shifting from a medium close-up of one person in a conversation to the other. In addition, everyone is calm at all time. While it is clear that these are deeply felt issues, there is no sense any real emotional change, just a weary acceptance of an inevitable situation.
While I find the situations, dialogue and performances quite good, the dull handling of this movie as little more than a series of conversations leaves me dissatisfied.
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