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Saturday, August 14, 2010

THE ROMANTICS

By D.E.Levine

Director: Galt Niederhoffer
Writer: Galt Niederhoffer (book); Galt Niederhoffer (screenplay)
Cast: Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Jeremy Strong, Candice Bergen, Adam Brody, Elijah Wood, Dianna Agron, Rebecca Lawrence et al.
Producers: Michael Benaroya, Daniel Hendler, Ron Stein, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Jennifer Todd and Suzanne Todd
Executive Producers: Robert Barnum Ogden, Eva Maria Daniels, Rose Ganguzza, Pamela Hirsch, Katie Holmes, Taylor Kephart, Lawrence Kephart, Riva Marker, Ranjit Ranju, Celine Rattray, Tony Shawkat, Jai Stefan and Todd Traina
Co-producers: Cynthia Coury, Simon Crowe, Todd J. Labarowski and Cecelia Kate Roque
Associate Producers: Lawrence M. Kopeikin, Nic Marshall, Tommee May and Owen Wiseman
Original Music: Jon Sadoff
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Comedy

It's interesting to assemble a stellar cast and have them directed by the woman who wrote the original novel, and still be lacking something in what should be a surefire hit.

The story is simply that some former Harvard classmates assemble on a beautiful New England estate for a posh wedding of one of their numbers.

These men and women are wealthy and privileged and somewhat artificial in their relationships with each other.

Anna Pacquin plays the wealthy and beautiful bride. Katie Holmes is her former college roommate and present maid of honor.

The problem seems to be Tom, the groom, played by Josh Duhamel. He's hunky but lacking any chemistry with either Pacquin, his bride, or Holmes, his former girlfriend.

It's also hard to believe he's got a PhD in English. Regardless, the film goes forward through the rehearsal dinner, the obligatory over drinking scenes and a "showdown" between Holmes and Duhamel.

Surrounded by the beauty of the seaside estate presided over my the bride's mother, played by Candice Bergen, the only person who seems solidly grounded and committed is the bride, who explicitly explains to the groom that she is the driving force who sees things as they actually are, where the marriage is a business proposition and she is in control.

Overall, it's a lavish to look at, light film with some deeper themes and should do well with the female audience.