Sunday, May 15, 2011

Letters to Juliet (2010): review: 3/10

A girl with unusually large eyes, but who is otherwise quite insipid, works as a fact checker for the New Yorker (she is also a writer but she is too dull to send any of her work out). She has a fiancee whose lips are always oddly shiny, as if permenantly coated in vaseline. He is going to open a restaurant, and is plainly a little obsessed about this. He certainly isn't much interested in his blonde fact-checker, which isn't surprising given her utter dreariness.

They proceed to Tuscany for a sort of pre-maritial holiday where he spends his time in pursuit of fancy food-stuffs, while she meets an elderly woman who is in pursuit of an old flame from the fifties, and whom she decides to assist. She also meets the grandson of the old woman, who is an ill-mannered twerp (he is supposed to be from the snob-British classes but actually he sounds and looks like a German- quite badly cast). Nonetheless, perhaps predictably, they fancy each other though they are too straight and dull to exchange body fluids except for a little saliva on a lawn.

And so on and so forth...

For reasons which I cannot explain, this drivel is somehow watchable despite its manifest absurdity. I guess it's partly just because it doesn't take itself too seriously.

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