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by Tony Medley
OK for children.
This is a romcom
that is deeper than one generally expects for the genre. Written by star
Zoe Kazan, who plays Ruby, it's based on the Greek myth of Pygmalion
about a man who controls a woman. Here it's Paul Dano, a blocked writer,
who starts writing about a woman when, viola! she suddenly appears in
his life in the flesh. He finds he can control her by writing about her.
Kazan not only gives a
charming, emotional performance, her script shows she has dazzling
talent as a writer. She actually wrote it with Dano, her boyfriend in
real life, in mind as the star.
The cast is A-1,
highlighted by a bravura performance by Antonio Banderas, who, according
to co-director Jonathan Dayton (with Valerie Faris), was cast as the
boyfriend of Dano's mother, Annette Bening, because they thought Antonio
would "drive Paul crazy." Banderas hasn't been seen much lately, and
that's a shame. He's a fine actor and this performance is
unfortunately, a "however." Paul is painted as an antisocial guy who is
without hope when dealing with women. The way Dano acts throughout most
of the movie he is basically inept with women. Then, near the end of the
movie, he is at a party and he meets his former girlfriend (Deborah Ann
Woll, who gives a surprisingly effective performance in a very short
appearance), who is drop
dead gorgeous. She also apparently loved him and was devastated when
Paul dumped her. This is so incongruous with Paul's character as
developed throughout the movie, that it throws the entire concept of the
movie off kilter.
Even with this
inconsistency, though, this is a sweet movie that contains many
laugh-out-loud lines, highlighted by wonderful performances by Kazan and
Dano, artfully directed by Dayton and Faris.