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Lot Like Love, A
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by Laura Kyle

"A lot like a great romantic comedy!"
4 stars

Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet might as well be picking screenplays out of hat – it seems their careers are full of hits and misses, more than there should be of the latter. But A Lot Like Love is where the two come together to show that, hey, they CAN act and not only that, but they can act in a GOOD film.

I went into A Lot Like Love with no expectations whatsoever. A romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher? If Just Married and My Boss’s Daughter were my only hints to how this thing would go down, then you understand how surprised I was to find myself not only liking A Lot Like Love, but laughing with it and eventually loving it.

The basic storyline has the potential to really frustrate audiences. It’s kind of like when you hear a song that goes through about six verses before ever hitting the chorus, but for no good reason.

Peet is Emily, who as a grungy 90’s chick, follows stranger Oliver (Kutcher), into the bathroom stall of an airplane and promptly makes his travel fare really worth it. But she’s only rebounding after a breakup and doesn’t want anything to do with Oliver, a college grad still living at home. Oliver’s curiosity towards Emily makes that kind of impossible though, but they still have less than a day together before they part ways, only to meet up again years later. And so the plot structure is immediately apparent – you’re going to follow the evolution of this romance over a period of six years.

So, you’ve got two people obviously meant for each other, but not quite ready for such a life-changing interruption like Love, or perhaps not wanting to spoil it. Yet, they can’t help but bump into each other again and again.

If it wasn’t for the sharp script and undeniable chemistry between Peet and Kutcher, these foolish characters would irritate the hell out of moviegoers. But fortunately, the screenplay by Colin Lynch (Phone Booth) doesn’t go on automatic pilot once the gimmicky plot sets in. The dialogue is honest, the characters are believable, and Lynch doesn’t go overboard with the “coincidences” and conventional plot devices (I’ll give him some liberties, though, for his film is blatantly about chance).

And Nigel Cole’s direction is fresh; A Lot Like Love is a worthy follow-up to Saving Grace and Calendar Girls.

But at the core of the film are Peet and Kutcher, who play off each other remarkably well and make unlikely choices by their characters seem fairly natural.

And, brace yourself, they are also quite funny. In fact, A Lot Like Love is continually humorous – from sly little one-liners to surprising plot elements; one scene had me laughing for a good thirty seconds straight.

More than just endearing, A Lot Like Love will probably be enduring – an intelligent romantic comedy that could easily battle others of its kind.

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originally posted: 05/18/05 14:36:36
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User Comments

3/18/07 Lynn Thought that Ashton and Amanda were very cute in this movie. Great soundtrack also. 4 stars
12/26/05 Zaharin Bin Abdul Razak A lot like... When Harry Met Sally. Complete with a New Year's Eve party. I didn't like it. 2 stars
9/22/05 becca to predictable, to cheesy, i could pick out 6 or 7 movies with the same story line. 4 stars
4/27/05 Elizabeth S Kutcher and Peet have CHEMISTRY and ARE likeable! 3 stars
4/24/05 Elizaveta usually hate r.comedies, but this one was a little endearing 4 stars
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  22-Apr-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 23-Aug-2005



Directed by
  Nigel Cole

Written by
  Colin Patrick Lynch

  Ashton Kutcher
  Amanda Peet
  Kal Penn
  Ali Larter
  Taryn Manning

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