Gabrielle Union continues to tear up the screen in Deliver Us From Eva, a mildly funny and entertaining film that runs just fine until the last 20 minutes.
Union stars as Eva, an intelligent, conceited and downright bitchy woman who tends to interfere with her sisters' lives. The sisters don't mind, or even notice, but their three husbands/boyfriends do, and so they hire Ray (LL Cool J), a hardcore player, to seduce Eva and get them off of their backs. Of course, their plan goes awry when Ray and Eva hit it off.
Deliver Us From Eva is a moderately smart yet simple romantic comedy that in some respects does not stray too much from the normal formula but at the same time doesn't look like every other romantic comedy that has ever hit the big screen. There are some laugh-out-loud parts as well as some cute romantic scenes, a good combination for a guy looking for a good date movie. The film has a lot of guy and girl bashing, from the respective sides, so it should be entertaining to both sexes.
The main couple, Ray and Eva, are also the best couple. LL Cool J is slick and fun to watch on screen; Union steals the show, though. She must have had a lot of fun with this role, because not only does she get to do some romantic scenes, but she also gets to be a major bitch as well. Some of her lines are great.
Unfortunately, their characters are offset by the rather shallow, unrealistic and uninteresting supporting characters. Most of these characters/actors (of the three other couples involved in the story) have their moments, but some of them get pretty annoying and lack much realism. The guys especially get annoying as they go to ludicrous lengths to rid themselves of Eva.
This leads to the last 20 minutes of the movie, which don't necessarily break the spine, but at least cause temporary paralysis. The whole funeral storyline is so unfitting of this movie - not to mention unrealistic and cheesy - that it just stops the film dead in its tracks. Worse of, when all is said and done, Eva suddenly becomes nice and apologizes to the three guys that practically ruined her life. It makes no sense. The whole ending to this film doesn't.
Deliver Us From Eva is a funny and entertaining film, up until the ending. Had the ending been different, it would have been much better. Nevertheless, Union and LL Cool J make a good onscreen couple.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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