September 10, 2015 |
* YOU'RE THE WORST. 10:30 tonight, FXX. A romantic comedy about two people who don't necessarily believe in romance, FXX's "You're the Worst" may not be as modern as it sometimes feels. "I was always a big softy, always liked romantic comedies and John Hughes' stuff," "Worst" creator Stephen Falk said in an interview last month. But "when I first sort of discovered screwball comedies, I was really taken aback by how much we had regressed in writing female characters" since the 1930s and 1940s.
August 8, 2014 |
"WHAT IF" is "When Harry Met Sally And Dithered. " Daniel Radcliffe is lovelorn single guy Wallace, who meets his soulmate, Chantry (Zoe Kazan) at a party, though she's already deeply attached (to Rafe Spall). They agree to be friends, and we again examine the question of whether a man and a woman can ignore the sparks flying between them and exist as platonic creatures. The answer in "What If" is obviously "no" - every Wallace/Chantry encounter deepens their intimacy and attraction.
September 26, 2012
* BEN AND KATE. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox 29. * THE MINDY PROJECT. 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox 29. * VEGAS. 10 p.m. Tuesday, CBS 3. FOX GOES on a charm offensive Tuesday, rolling out two new episodes of its sophomore "New Girl" to welcome two new comedies to its lineup. You don't need me (or Siri) to tell you that Zooey Deschanel can sell anything - she's the fabric of our lives. But even someone who's mildly Zooey-challenged (hey, we exist) might cotton to "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project," which together with "Raising Hope," returning next week, add another strong comedy block to a season not exactly short on them.
August 10, 2012
Theater Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon comedy about NY newlyweds contending w/life's challenges. Closes 8/26. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $29-$54. Cape Island Theatre Company: 1912 A young woman discovers a secret & is forced to make a life-altering choice. Closes 9/22. Old Grange Restaurant, 735 Seashore Rd., Cape May; 609-408-6595. www.capeislandtheatre.com . $27; $22 children 12 and under. Cape May Stage: The 39 Steps Fast-paced stage adaptation of the Hitchcock mystery.
April 27, 2012 |
THE KIDDIE audience might not recognize the voice of the Pirate Captain in "Pirates: Band of Misfits!" but it belongs to Hugh Grant. Older viewers might not recognize it either — it's been three years since Grant has made a movie. His last was "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" Grant's one-billionth romantic comedy, and a project apparently so awful it soured him on movies completely. Luring him back was a guy named Peter Lord, head of the Aardman Studios in England, the Claymation specialists known for "Wallace and Gromit," and their quirky British sense of humor.
March 20, 2012
BENT. 9 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, NBC 10. THE WAY NBC'S treating its newest show, "Bent," you'd think it was ashamed to be seen with it. Unfortunately titled — if you miss the explanation in the pilot, you may not catch it again — and even more unfortunately scheduled — in back-to-back episodes for three weeks, following "Are You There, Chelsea?" and opposite ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "American Idol" — "Bent" isn't so much being added to NBC's lineup tomorrow as burned off. Which is strange, because this unexpectedly charming, well-cast romantic comedy from Tad Quill ("Scrubs," "Spin City")
March 20, 2012
THE WAY NBC'S treating its newest show, "Bent," you'd think it was ashamed to be seen with it. Unfortunately titled — if you miss the explanation in the pilot, you may not catch it again — and even more unfortunately scheduled — in back-to-back episodes for three weeks, following "Are You There, Chelsea?" and opposite ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "American Idol" — "Bent" isn't so much being added to NBC's lineup tomorrow as burned off. Which is strange, because this unexpectedly charming, well-cast romantic comedy from Tad Quill ("Scrubs," "Spin City")
March 9, 2012 |
Julie and Jason are a couple contemplating "cheating. " OK, they aren't really a couple. They're New York neighbors, best friends since college. So the cheating isn't what you think either. Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) are both in their 30s and both want kids. It's just that they want them without what they see are the pitfalls that face all their Friends With Kids. Marriages strained to the breaking point, the loss of romance and freedom, the seismic shift in priorities.
February 11, 2011 |
To describe "Just Go With It" as another failed romantic comedy would imply that at one time it wanted to succeed as romantic comedy. I doubt that's true. Star Adam Sandler and collaborator/director Denis Dugan don't really care if they conform to rom-com standards and practices. To Sandler Inc., "Just Go With It" is a forum for his freewheeling lowbrow brand (this movie makes "Little Fockers" look erudite), one that's increasingly unhinged from form and unregulated by taste. It's either proof of civilization's decline or underappreciated Dadaist genius.