Genre: Romantic Comedy, Rated R (but it feels more like PG-13)
Release Date: 24 October 2014
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.
What I Liked:
I’ve had this movie in my queue for a while, but I finally got around to it! And it was super cute! I very much identify with Megan, the twenty-something (almost thirty!) woman who is completely directionless. All of her friends have careers and children and she’s just floating. I can connect with that 100%.
Her friendship with Annika is a little strange, but it is believable. Both actresses give strong performances, and both characters are likable and relatable. Sam Rockwell is also great, but he’s Sam Rockwell, so I wouldn’t expect anything else.
What I Didn’t:
So I liked the romance, but once again, it came with a cheating storyline, so I didn’t like it as much as I could have. The beginning was a little bit awkward as well. I feel that they made Megan a bit too childish/teenager-like. Obviously, she matures over the course of the movie, but her immaturity was just a little bit much in the beginning. And this is coming from someone who definitely sees herself in Megan. She was just a little too flighty for my taste.
I enjoyed this movie a lot, but then, I’m pretty sure that I’m the target audience. I really liked the characters and thought that the plot was a nice mix of the new and the clichéd. The actors all did a great job, and I definitely chuckled a few times. I liked the chemistry and romance between Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell, even if I didn’t like the cheating element of that storyline. This movie was light, cute, and fun. I would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of offbeat rom-coms.
My Rating: 4/5