John Cusack and Diane Lane. That’s enough for me to hit the DVR record button right there. It’s a romantic comedy. The dialogue and supporting cast (Elizabeth Perkins, Chrisopher Plummer, Stockard Channing) are wonderful. The two leads are delightfully quirky.
I developed some theories about romantic comedies, and this movie did not disappoint. I liked best the way they twisted the clichés, but that would be spoiling it for you.
Example #1: Scenes replayed. To show the progression of the romantic development, there are scenes that are replayed with the same actors in the same locations and shifts in the dialogue to show how the relationship develops. A character or place remains as a standard touchstone, a point of reference for the changing characters.
Example #2: In the climax, he chases after her in an airport. Must Love Dogs has a nice twist on this which I won’t spoil.
Like a fine blues song, I think romantic comedies are richer for these conventions and it’s the movie maker’s job to work these traditions and make them interesting and funny.