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World’s Worst Chick Flick Part 17: The Romantics

May 3, 2011

With a title like The Romantics, you’d expect there to be romance. Or maybe I’m just not sophisticated enough for this type of movie where each cast member is selfish, annoying, and miserable. Let’s do the recap.

A group of college friends comes back together for two of them to get married. Tom (Josh Duhamel) and Lila (Anna Paquin) are getting married, even though Tom is still in love with his ex-girlfriend Laura (Katie Holmes). We find out through the course of the movie that Tom and Laura have even slept together since their breakup and both still love each other.

Meanwhile, their other friends are gallivanting around the bride’s family’s property getting drunk and making out with people to whom they are not married. Don’t worry—I’m not really giving much away because it’s totally and completely obvious that this is going to happen. Throughout these escapades you learn that none of them are really happy and they’re all just numbing the pain and trying to convince themselves that they’re happy. Specifically, that they’re happy with their spouse or significant other.

Doesn’t this movie sound like it’s just a barrel full of cute puppies with rainbows of Skittles overhead?

During the middle of the night Tom and Laura find each other and start fighting about their past and then they sleep with each other. BAM. This guy is a real winner, right? The next morning is the wedding and I won’t tell you how it ends, but I’ll say this: The Romantics was stupid.

All of these people seem miserable and dissatisfied with their life and their choices. At the end of the movie I still don’t understand why Tom broke up with Laura and I have no idea whatsoever why Laura still wants to be with him after he broke up with her to date Lila (her best friend and roommate). The only possible explanation given by one of their friends is that Lila’s family is wealthy, so he’s a gold digger.

You learn on the day of the wedding that there’s more than just boyfriend-stealing that strains the friendship of Lila and Laura, but that is never fleshed out. In fact, none of the characters are fleshed out so I’m not sure why the heck I should care about them.

Honestly, this movie felt like the middle of a movie. There was no beginning or end. It just stopped. I guess that’s supposed to make it artsy? I don’t know. I just know that working against yourself so that you’re miserable doesn’t mean you’re a romantic, it means you’re stupid.

The Romantics

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