Friday, May 3, 2013

Now at Netflix Instant: Save the Date (2012)

Save the Date (2012) - Directed by Michael Mohan; Written by Mohan, Jeffrey Brown and Egan Reich. Starring Lizzy Caplain, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber.

By Kenny Howell

You have to work really hard to make me dislike Lizzy Caplan.

But Save the Date, the movie just released on DVD about late 20s, early 30s men and women moping around because they have to figure themselves out, achieves that.

Caplan (The Night Before) plays Sarah, who is dating a lead singer of a promising local band. When he proposes to her after a concert, Sarah runs away, and they separate.

This I totally get. If you are not ready for marriage, you are not ready. Makes total sense to me.

But then Sarah meets a new guy who frequents the book star where she works. They fall for each other, but she starts feeling hesitant again, because, well, I don't know.

I really hate these movies that pose my generation as a bunch of indecisive losers. There is no reason that Sarah cannot to continue to date the book star guy. She just says she is scared or needs to be alone, and all this. If she doesn't like him, she doesn't like him, but there is nothing about her sitting around doing nothing is going to fix about her being scared of commitment or change. There is a big life changing moment that happens later in the movie, but I don't see it as an excuse.

The movie ends up being Caplan sulking for the majority of it. Brie (Joshy), who is excellent on Mad Men and Community, seems to have trouble playing just a normal girl. She looks like she is restraining herself, and wanting to bust out.

Rating: *1/2

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