Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Fred Ward, Woody Harrelson

"A touching comedy"

Cinema 3, Shang Cineplex

Sue (Jennifer Aniston) is a sales rep of a company that sells motel art. In short she sells those paintings you find in rooms at cheap inns/motels. Mike (Steve Zahn) on the other hand is the son of a married couple who manage a road side motel. A little mom and pop business, so to speak.

Mike who doesn't really have much of a life aside from helping out in the family business, somehow manages to find the courage to be 'friendly' with Sue who happens to be a guest in the motel. Mike develops an instant attraction to Sue and pursues her in some stalker like behavior which I found a bit disturbing. Yet it is in this pursuit where the film draws its character.

You see in my opinion, Mike isn't really a stalker, per se. He is just a simple guy without any major plans in life who suddenly develops some direction and a sense of meaningful purpose once he meets Sue. He doesn't have a threatening personality neither is he isn't the violent type. I figure it helps a lot that Steve Zahn portrays Mike as a naive, innocently cute character. As cute as a love sick puppy who follows his object of desire everywhere she goes. It is a far more mature role for him instead of his usual sidekick for comic relief supporting roles in his previous films.

Jennifer Aniston's portrayal of Sue was averagely alright. She didn't come across as particularly interesting though she has this pragmatic vibe to her personality. A girl who doesn't have a lot of friends to hang out with. She has her job which permits to travel regionally from time to time. She has practical type of personality with a heart of gold. Her one true wish is to put up a homeless shelter where the residents can play midnight basketball.

Interesting enough, the odd pairing of Aniston and Zahn works. They have good chemistry together in this quirky and off beat romantic comedy. For some strange reason, the song by Air Supply "Two less lonely people in the world" kept creeping into my mind while watching this eccentric rom com! Heh!

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