(director/writer: ; screenwriter: Aline Brosh McKenna; cinematographer: Alwin Küchler; editors: Dan Farrell/Nick Moore/Steven Weisberg; music: David Arnold; cast: (Becky), (Mike Pomeroy), (Colleen Peck), (Adam Bennett), (Jerry Barnes), John Pankow (Lenny Bergman), Matt Malloy (Ernie Appleby, weatherman), Patti D’Arbanville (Becky’s Mom), (Stage Manager), Kristine Nielsen (Fan), (Governor Willis), Ty Burrell (Paul McVee); Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: /Bryan Burk; Paramount Pictures; 2010)
“If you’re into fluff, this one will stick to you as easily as goo“
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A supposed throwback Hollywood formulaic dramedy that tries desperately to remind one of those Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburnstar vehicle battle of the sexes filmsthroughthe contentious banter between Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. The sticky main plot uses hyper working girl character to anchor its lightweight contrived story about the sobering realities of the TV news world and its rating wars. It’s directed by Notting Hill“/”Changing Lanes”/”Venus”Aline Brosh McKenna
Patti D’ArbanvilleJerry Barnes (),
Adam Bennett (). Their cursory romance is about as dull as the pic and as unappealing as the Daybreak show.
If you’re into fluff, this one will stick to you as easily as goo. When anything seriously sarcastic or with any teeth to bite approaches, the characters run away from it as fast as robbers from cops. The film “Broadcast News (1987)” is the one to see if you want something with gravitas about the argument over “style” vs. “substance,” or if interested in a more believable behind the scenes look at news programming.
REVIEWED ON 11/11/2010 GRADE: C+ https://dennisschwartzreviews.com/