Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Romantic Comedy

This film is over twenty years old. Mary Steenburgen and Dudley Moore? That pairing feels like it's from another century.

Oh. Right.

This isn't really a funny movie. It didn't ever make me laugh out loud. But don't take that the wrong way. I actually was charmed by this rather gentle story with an oddly subdued Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen in a (not surprising) quietly ditzy role. I don't think anybody plays that better than she does.

I knew nothing -- absolutely nothing -- about the story before I started watching it. Thus, as the plot unfolded I was caught up in it, wondering which way it was going next. It didn't go where I thought it would. I like that in a movie.

I can see this being remade and being a lot funnier. I can see it going the other way, and being a lot more intense. As it is, I like its subtleties and its willingness to lay back from the obvious.

I like Romantic Comedya lot.