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Not a Romcom but a Decent Relationship Drama
on 11 July 2017
This is not the best film ever made, but nor is it as bad as many reviewers would have you believe. The problem really seems to be the marketing of the film. Labeling it as romance and comedy leads viewers to expect a fluffy romcom with a happy ending that will leave everybody in a good place and the audience with a smile on their faces. But this film is a relationship drama. You know right from the start that Robert (Rupert Everett) is Abbie's (Madonna) gay best friend, not a potential new boyfriend.
She has just broken up with her partner, he consoles her. After a few drinks they spend a night together (which the audience knows is a mistake, not a U-turn in sexual orientation for Robert) and soon after Abbie finds she's pregnant. They decide to live together, without any pretense of being anything else than what they are, and bring up their child together. Robert has his affairs, which Abbie tolerates, but he does his best to be a good father to his son. However, when Abbie meets a man and decides to move across the country to New York with him, planning to bring her son with her, an ugly custody battle ensues. And while so far everybody has been on their best behaviour playing happy families, albeit with a difference, now the uglier side of human nature comes to the fore and the young boy is left between two fighting parents. As is sadly often the case in the real world.
Rupert Everett and Madonna as the two leads work just fine. Theirs aren't award winning performances, but they both look good on the screen and the dynamics in their dysfunctional ralationship/family in the film felt very real. If you're looking for an upbeat little romcom, stay away from this, but if you like the actors and are good with a drama that goes to darker places, this may work for you very well.