"A Lot Like Love" is the latest so-so Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy. While this one is more unique than most, all his movies feel the same. After all, you know how they're going to end and I still don't believe Kutcher is leading man material.
The unique aspect of "A Lot Like Love" is that it is follows the romantic mingling between two people, Oliver and Emily (Kutcher and Amanda Peet, respectively), over the course of several years. They hook up, decide they're not right for one another, hook up again, go their separate ways, reunite, become close friends, go their separate ways and then hook up yet again. The movie spans several years quite well and you begin to root for the two to end up with one another.
The problem is that the screenplay itself just isn't that funny. There are several scenes where Kutcher says a line and you can tell it is supposed to be funny, but it just isn't. It's not that the dialogue is bad; it just isn't anything special. The plot is decent and the characters not half bad, but you need more than that in a romantic comedy, especially one starring Kutcher where it is foolishly expected that he will actually be funny. The only time I'd actually be excited to go see Kutcher in a comedy would be if Fox made a "That 70's Show" full-length movie (hint, hint). That show is the only place where he's ever been really funny, and more than likely it will be the pinnacle of his career. How many more flops can Kutcher survive?
Peet, on the other hand, is decent, though she tends to choose characters where she isn't nearly as hot as she could be. Her character is interesting, but again not anything special.
And that sums up the movie quite well. "A Lot Like Love" is not a disaster by any means, but even though it has a semi-unique plot it still ends up rather ordinary thanks to a boring screenplay. I can't wait for Kutcher's next romantic comedy! [Note sarcasm]
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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