THE ROMANTICS

Complicated Relationships

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Release Date: September 10, 2010

Starring: Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel,
Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin
Akerman, Elijah Wood, Diana
Agron, Jeremy Strong, Rebecca
Lawrence, and Candace Bergen

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 95 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Famous
Productions/Viacom

Director: Galt Niederhoffer

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Galt Niederhoffer, Daniela
Taplin Lundberg, Jennifer
Todd, Suzanne Todd, Michael
Benaroya, and Taylor Kephart

Writer: Galt Niederhoffer

Address Comments To:

Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO, Viacom
Louis Feola, President
Paramount Famous Productions (A Division of Paramount Pictures)
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-2000
Website: www.paramount.com/film-group/paramount-famous-productions

Content:

(PaPa, Ro, C, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview with some references to the Romantic movement and a male pastor starts to perform a wedding ceremony but the characters otherwise show no overt faith; 18 obscenities (including one “f” word), one strong profanity and 12 light exclamatory profanities; light slapstick comedy includes girl accidentally rips sister’s wedding dress and cheating couple struggles to hide from disclosure; depicted adultery as couple passionately kiss and start to remove clothes, implied fornication when groom gets together with former long-time girlfriend the night before his wedding to her college roommate, and some light sexual talk; brief upper and rear male nudity; alcohol use and scenes of drunkenness; smoking and brief drug use; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes cheating, lying, jealousy, arguments, rudeness.


Summary:

THE ROMANTICS is a small independent comedy that focuses on an old love triangle between three college friends in their late 20s, two of whom are about to get married the next day with all their close friends in attendance. The acting and dialogue in THE ROMANTICS are good, but the side characters and their different stories are not that appealing and include some immoral shenanigans and plenty foul language.


Review:

THE ROMANTICS is a well-acted yuppie comedy that will appear in a few movie theaters soon. Though rated PG-13, only adults probably will be interested in this movie.
In the story, seven old college friends in their late 20s gather at a seaside home to watch two of their own, Lila and Tom, get married the next day. Lila’s mother holds a rehearsal dinner at her home. That night, while Lila rests in her room for her big wedding day, Tom and the others, including his long-time former girlfriend, Laura, party on the beach. Tom, a champion swimmer, disappears while taking a long swim, and the others go to find him before alarming the bride.
Tom suddenly shows up and manages to get Laura alone. It becomes clear that Tom has not gotten over Laura, and neither has she. The next morning, Tom, Laura and Lila have some choices to make. Complicating matters is that Lila has made Laura her Maid of Honor.
The acting and dialogue in THE ROMANTICS are good. Katie Holmes, who has gotten a lot of attention from the paparazzi because of her marriage to Tom Cruise, is surprisingly good as the “other woman,” Laura. However, except perhaps for Laura, the other characters and their different stories are not that appealing. In fact, their interactions with each other include some drunkenness, brief drug use, rude behavior, cheating, and adultery (two of the characters are already married). Also, some of their interactions don’t make sense. For example, the groom’s feelings remain unexplained, as are the bride’s reasons for naming his long-time former girlfriend as her Maid of Honor.
That said, the final confrontation between the bride-to-be and the former long-time girlfriend, who roomed together in college, is pretty funny. And, the movie ends on a droll plot twist that points out the ironic vagaries of life.


In Brief:

THE ROMANTICS is a small independent comedy. Seven old college friends in their late 20s gather at a seaside home to watch two of their own, Lila and Tom, get married the next day. While Lila rests in her room for her big wedding day, Tom and the others, including his long-time former girlfriend, Laura, party on the beach. Tom, a champion swimmer, disappears while taking a long swim, and the others go to find him before alarming the bride. Tom suddenly shows up and manages to get Laura alone. It becomes clear that Tom has not gotten over Laura, and neither has she. The next morning, Tom, Laura and Lila have some choices to make.
The acting and dialogue in THE ROMANTICS are good. Katie Holmes is surprisingly good as the “other woman”. However, except perhaps for Katie, the characters and their different stories are not that appealing. In fact, their interactions with each other include some drunkenness, brief drug use, rude behavior, cheating, and adultery (two of the characters are already married). That said, the final confrontation between the bride-to-be and the former long-time girlfriend is pretty funny.