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September 18, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Love Happens announces itself as a romantic comedy but doesn't speak the language of love. Instead, it trades in the slogans of self-help procedural. The film unfolds during a weekend seminar in Seattle where Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart), mental-health guru, belatedly swallows advice he dispenses to others. Burke is one of those publicly charismatic, privately brooding fellows who preaches what he cannot practice. Though he counsels others to accept that there is life after a loved one's death, Burke is in prolonged mourning for his late wife.
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March 9, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Mildly diverting but slight, the screwball comedy Gray Matters changes it up, more or less creating its own genre, the curveball farce. Gray and Sam (Heather Graham and Tom Cavanagh) are the perfect Manhattan couple, long-limbed, drop-dead gorgeous professionals (she's in advertising, he's a medical resident) who would stop traffic if New York weren't already gridlocked. Gray and Sam, I should mention, are siblings. Sam is ready for a romantic partner. Gray, who ditzes and dithers like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally.
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May 7, 2001 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Fergus is a musician who journeys south to "The Smoke" (Northern England's disdainful nickname for London) to try to find the woman he jilted years before. Standing on the balcony of a London apartment in Born Romantic, Fergus simply bellows her name into the night. As a method for finding a needle in a haystack it may be crazy, but the most amusing observation of David Kane's droll comedy is that Fergus' howls for his erstwhile love have as much chance of landing the right partner as any other gambit.
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July 27, 2001 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In Russian Doll, Katia is an attractive immigrant from St. Petersburg and a mail-order bride who comes to Sydney only to discover on her arrival that her fiance is dead. The Australian import goes on to prove that Hollywood has no monopoly on romantic comedy in which a tone of lame amiability doesn't compensate for lack of invention. Stavros Kazantzidis' movie has two things going for it - an earthy Australian cynicism and Hugo Weaving, the Aussie who made his mark in The Matrix and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 1988 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
A likable comedy and a satirical comedy with serious overtones are the best bets among the many new videos this week. HIGH SEASON (1988) (Nelson) $79.98. 95 minutes. Jacqueline Bisset, James Fox, Irene Papas, Kenneth Branagh. An amiable lark of a movie starring that amiable lark of an actress, Jacqueline Bisset, set on the Greek isle of Rhodes (vividly shot by Oscar winner Chris Menges). Writer-director Clare Peploe offers an arch, breezy comedy about rampant tourism and true love, punctuated with moonlight swims and balalaika rave-ups and populated by a fine group of actors.
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April 27, 2012 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Erectile dysfunction, anyone? That's certainly what the title Failure to Launch suggests. And metaphorically speaking, it's what this apocalyptically awful romantic comedy is the equivalent of, too. Apart from its name (easily the front-runner for worst of the year), Failure to Launch represents a failure in every way: of ideas, of inspiration, of casting. Matthew McConaughey, continuing his trip down the hype-paved path of least resistance, stars as a 35-year-old Baltimore dude named Tripp.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2012 | By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2010 | By GINA McINTYRE, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Greg Berlanti rushes into his office on the Disney lot, insisting that he's never, ever late. He's so emphatic it's easy to believe him, but it's also easy to understand why he might be running behind these days. The writer-producer-director - whose TV resume includes acclaimed programs such as "Everwood" and "Brothers & Sisters" - is juggling a dizzying number of projects. He has just launched the ABC series "No Ordinary Family," and he directed "Life as We Know It," a romantic comedy opening tomorrow.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
*  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.
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August 8, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2012 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
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")
NEWS
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")
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2012 | By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
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.
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