Decent movie, alternative romantic comedy. I felt that it fumbled away alot of potential laughs and drama. Perhaps it's because the director, Kevin Smith didn't care or allowed the actors to improv much of the script.
Liv Tyler and the little girl who played Ben Affleck's daughter stood out. After that, George Carlin and his two working buddies.
As for Affleck, I think he did much better with the comedic parts of the script.
Overall, I think it's a disappointment, but an entertaining one. It should have been *alot* better.
It got a 'meh' from me. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't what I was hoping for when it came to Smith's type of humor. I did read in the interview between Kevin Smith and Affleck, that Affleck was leaning more towards comedies now and away from action movies.
I am still holding out hope for the next Jersey native flick, Garden State. :)
I liked it. It had just enough Smith-type touches to keep me laughing.
And no one in the theater I was at (admittedly Bellingham, MA, not exactly a cosmopolitan center) seemed to get the irony of Affleck and the other actor (trying to avoid spoilers) talking about the hardships of being in blockbusters. I was giggling through that whole scene.
The romance was secondary to the kid. If you were looking for romantic comedy, you got precious little "romantic".
Was there a Star Wars reference? I think I heard one, but I can't remember now.
When the kid get in the "Batmobile" and Affleck starts it up, she yells, "Punch it, Chewie!"
Saw this last night. I liked it, even though it's pretty different than his prior stuff. Much less off the wall.
The movie is about the relationship between the dad and daughter, with the Affleck/Tyler relationship being secondary (as well as the son/father one with Afleck and Carlin). As someone who just had a daughter a few weeks ago, some of sentimental stuff got to me the way Smith probably wanted, but I also often thought "Woah, reign it in. Too much, too much." It was heavy handed and melodramatic at times.
The movie also lost a bit of credibility by including the whole "father racing to make his daughter's music recital on time" thing, which was too big a cliche to swallow. I would have expected Smith to at least be tongue-in-cheek about it if he were to use it, but it's played pretty straight. Just like the rest of the movie.
Still, I was entertained and moved in enough of the right places. I'd recommend it.