Are you in the mood for a sappy, ensemble dramedy about lost love and strained friendships? If so, you’re going to love The Romantics. It’s an upcoming film that features one of the most mix-matched casts I’ve ever seen, and is based on the novel of the same name written by Galt Niederhoffer, who also produced and directed the film. What happens when you mix “Dawson’s Creek” with “The O.C.“? Watch the trailer and find out…
Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore… without the groom.
Perhaps this story would ring true to if I could actually believe that all of these people would be close friends. Even though the actors aren’t that far apart in age, Elijah Wood sticks out like a sore thumb. It doesn’t matter how old he gets, he still looks like Huckleberry Finn to me. He can’t age!
Holmes and Adam Brody make me think of “Dawson’s Creek” and “The O.C.,” one show dominated my junior high and high school life, while the latter was heavily present during my college years. I keep expecting Pacey or Ryan to pop up at any moment. And Malin Akerman is trying too hard to play that free-spirited party girl. Does there always have to be one in the group? As for the casting of Duhamel as the male lead, (meh) that’s up for debate.
The Romantics open in theaters on September 10th.
What do you think of the trailer for The Romantics?