Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Hey, Directors! Please stop...
Having kids serve as precocious, surprisingly adult voices of reason. This is one reason why "(500) Days of Summer" didn't completely connect with me: Its creative, edgy slant was partially fueled by this repetitive, lame-ass screenwriter gimmick. (And the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel dressed like they were in a 1940s musical. Doesn't love young ever have a dress down day?)
You know what other film used this gimmick. The 2001 Joey Fatone/Lance Bass atrocity "On the Line." And "The Man with Two Brains," which is nearly 30 years old. And a collection of lame sitcoms. It's a dead horse. Stop it, please.
By the way, I talked to my brother about "Summer" yesterday. He and his girlfriend were so annoyed with it that they gave up after about 40 minutes. Yet they sat through "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."