What's similar to lust, sort of in the
neighborhood of caring, reminiscent of passion, and not entirely
dissimilar from that warm and squishy feeling people sometimes get?
The answer is: the latest film starring Ashton "Coochie Coochie" Kutcher
and Amanda "For the Love Of" Peet.
During a failed terrorist hijacking of a nuclear weapon, Ashton Kutcher is given radioactive superpowers and he must overcome the evil
kung fu fighting style of Amanda Peet to save the world from space
aliens, bent on the destruction of...uh...NAH, none of that happens.
It's a romantic comedy! The Masked Reviewer doesn't typically give
a plot synopsis anyway, but it's especially easy in the case of the
romantic comedy. What's to say? Everyone knows what will
This is a two person movie. While there are probably other
people who appear in the film, they're nothing more than props.
The focus is entirely on Ashton Kutcher (Oliver) and Amanda Peet
(Emily). Those are there character's names. Ashton Kutcher was never in a
film version of Oliver. "Please sir, can I like...maybe get
a little more? Gosh!" It wouldn't really work.
In any event, the entire focus of the film is on these two
characters. This isn't a criticism per se. It is, after all,
a romantic comedy, and as such the romantic leads get all of the screen
time. Some movies try to create a story and characters that go
beyond the two leads, but not A Lot Like Love...they "keep it
What's to say about the movie? Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet
are both charming, in their own way, and it comes across well on screen.
Fans of either (or both) are likely to enjoy the performances. At
many times, it almost seems as though the director just let them have
fun, and they do have a solid chemistry that will keep the viewer
interested in what happens to them.
The scenarios are right out of the Romantic Comedy Handbook.
There aren't any big surprises. It's also a little light on the
comedy at times. It's kind of strangely mushy yet simultaneously
oddly detached at times. Rather than a series of little cute
jokes, the film rests squarely on the charms of the actors. It's
more like listening to a friend talk about their relationship at a
dinner party. You like them, and you're interested, but it's not a
story that's so great you'd want to read a book about it (or, for that
matter, see a movie about it). But, because you like the person
telling you the story, it does keep your interest.
Notice how this review isn't all that interesting or funny. You
might be reading because you like the Masked Reviewer for his other
reviews. This is kind of like what watching A Lot Like Love
is...like. A lot. It goes on and on, and at any moment there
might be a big laugh. But...maybe not.
There are a few big laughs which are the result of a lack of comedy
in the rest of the film. When they do something genuinely funny,
it seems all the more hilarious. The five or six big laughs are
enjoyable, but A Lot Like Love would have been helped a lot by
The story takes place over several years. One of the weaknesses
in the writing is that the characters make sudden and abrupt changes,
making it seem like each time period is about a different person.
Sure, people can change over the span of seven years, but since this is
a movie about only two people, it'd be nice to see a little bit more of
why they underwent these changes in view and behavior.
The film was directed by Nigel Cole. If he isn't British, he
sure as heck should be. He previously directed Calendar Girls.
The movie has the somewhat slower pacing of a British romantic comedy,
but it isn't as quirky.
A Lot Like Love has a few good laughs, although they're too
few and far between. Fans of either Amanda Peet or Ashton Kutcher
will find that their on-screen charms and good chemistry make the
otherwise by-the-book flat romantic comedy entirely bearable.
Unfortunately, the film is too long (at one hour and fifty minutes); the
cuteness wears off after about an hour. It's also a weird choice
for a date movie, as the relationship that's portrayed suffers from a
bit of awkwardness (then again, that's what causes the dramatic tension,
as screenwriters call it). It does bring in some slightly more
interesting ideas that some viewers will be able to relate to, but
there's too little of the good stuff and too much of the
The charms of the actors go a long way toward making this movie good,
but the excessive length and lack of funny writing make this just
Expectation from the Title: A movie about a glove, which,
other than that pesky g at the beginning of its name, is very similar to
the popular emotion.
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):
Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet make a darling couple. They both
seem like people you would want to invite over for dinner.
The Pros: Good chemistry, charming actors. Five or six
The Cons: Not enough humor. Too long; tends to drag a
bit. Too formulaic and predictable.
Amanda Pete, Aston Kutcher, Ashton
Kutscher, Ashton Cutcher, Ashton Koutcher