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ALL IN ALL A EXCELLENT FILM AND A MUST BUY
Having now seen the film I can confirm that it merited more than one week in the smallest screen at my local multiplex. I think this film suffered for two reasons 1, It is the second outing for the pairing of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and their 1st, Gigli, was so bad that this film was tainted by association. 2, Kevin Smith is associated with films that appeal largely to teenagers and twentysomethings. In the View Askew universe he became an unlikely icon for the film obsessed, self referential, pop-culture savvy genereation. This involved a lot of swearing and a explicit sexual discussions. There is a big audience that this reputation would put off.
Neither criticism stands up in the face of this film. Jennifer Lopez departs pretty early on and the central romantic lead of the adult narrative goes to Liv Tyler. Also Kevin Smith has moved on from Jay and Silent Bob. Those fans who adored Clerks, Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob strike back will find that this is a different type of film. In terms of Smith's previous work the greatest similarity is to Chasing Amy. It is more thoughtful, more reflective.
Having said that this is still a comedy, albeit with sad undertones. It isn't a straightforward relaxing, cheer yourself up after a bad day, laugh a minute film. It is genuinely touching in places and truly sad in others.
The plot is reminiscent of 90s film Jack and Sarah but with less slapstick. I enjoyed it and think it got a rough ride on its theatrical release. If you have liked Kevin Smith films before and can tolerate a film without Jay and Silent Bob then go on - give this a try. If you've been turned off Smith before and found his work too crude for your tastes then grit your teeth and give him another go - you never know you might surprise yourself.