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Certificate
PG
Cast
Directors
Rob Reiner.
Screenwriters
Jeremy Leven.
Running Time
96 minutes

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Alex and Emma
Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson star in this direct-to-video rom-com.


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Plot
A writer must complete his latest novel in 30 days or incur the wrath of a loan shark. His female stenographer proves less than helpful.


Review
This dismal romantic comedy from the usually dependable Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men) fell so short of expectation that it went straight to video in the UK.

Luke Wilson is a charmless writer with pressing gambling debts who must appease a persistant loan shark by completing his novel within 30 days. Somehow he manages to win over a stenographer Emma (Kate Hudson) while dictating his novel, her interjections and alterations becoming unexpectedly helpful.

You'd think that cutting to the novel in question - which also starred the two in '20s dress - would be a welcome respite, but sadly it turns out to be just as insipid and devoid of character.


Verdict
A miserable failure on every count.


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RE: Harmless Fun

It wasn't a bad film per se...it just wasn't a good one! I wouldn't say 'failure on every count' though. a couple of bits were funnyish and kate did her best with what she had to work with! I was quite disappointed with it though...definately not success on every count! ... More

Posted by Mollie_Scott at 14:23, 17 September 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Harmless Fun

I agree with the article; "failure on every count". The film was boring, choppy, too melodrama in some parts and other parts you hoped to be funny left you feeling, eh. I also agree with what was said above, you could watch the film while ironing and not miss a bit, heck you could have someone tell you what it was about in 5 minutes and save your time, unless you wanted to see Kate Hudson. ... More

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Posted by Chrisdee at 19:41, 16 September 2006 | Report This Post


Harmless Fun

It's not that tragic really. Harmless, mindless fun for a rainy sunday afternoon when you are looking for something to watch while doing the ironing. That way, when you concentrate on the sleeves at least you are not missing anything important. ... More

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