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A Lot Like Love is a lot like hell

February 13, 2011

By Dillon Sutherland, Staff Writer

With Valentine’s Day approaching, there is bound to be love in the air at Young Harris College.  So, what better way to celebrate the holiday than to watch a fun romance with your significant other?  You could watch one of the many romance films here on campus.  But be warned, if you watch this one in particular, A Lot Like Love, you may be putting your relationship in jeopardy and will probably walk away a lot more sad than happy.

A Lot Like Love released in 2005, is a romantic comedy surrounding the relationship of Oliver, played by Ashton Kutcher and Emily, played by Amanda Peet.  It takes place over several years as they progress from exclusively sexual friends, to genuine friendship and then ultimately to a relationship.

By saying this, I’m not giving anything away, since this movie follows the same predictable story frame as most other movies of the genre: boy meets girl, boy loses girl and boy gets girl back.

Along with following the generic formula, this film reminded me entirely too much of When Harry Met Sally– except terribly done.  What that film possesses in humor, character development and attraction, this movie lacked completely.  It was not funny at all, and I never longed to see the two of them to get together.

For example, there’s the hilarious and famous deli scene in When Harry Met Sally where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm, but in A Lot Like Love, there is a scene where Peet pretends to choke in a restaurant.  The latter doesn’t even begin to be funny and doesn’t compare to the other.

Complementing that negative is the acting.  Peet has a few scenes where she cries and looks saddened, but Kutcher on the other hand, let’s just say you get more emotion out of his deaf brother in the movie that communicates through sign language.  Kutcher and Peet lack the chemistry required to create a lasting impression.

In the end, if you want to have a romantic night for Valentine’s Day, do not watch this film.  Especially, if you want to remain in your relationship, avoid this movie. If you want to watch a romantic comedy, I recommend When Harry Met Sally. I give it a F.

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