I had a hard time connecting with this one. Its concerns feel so dated, and its slacker mentality feels so hypocritical and off-putting. Ben Stiller’s character is supposed to be the corporate loser, but he seems so much more interesting and composed than greaseball misanthrope Ethan Hawke.
Then again, there’s the cast and their chemistry which almost make up for all that. Winona and Ethan are pure charisma, with palpable romantic tension. There’s a scene of dancing to “My Sharona” in a gas station that I’ve watched on YouTube 10 times in the past day.
Ultimately, it still left a slightly bitter taste on my tongue, though I wouldn’t be opposed to revisiting it someday.
Nearly Good (4/8)
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