Sweet November Movie Review
We've seen him in Speed, and we've seen him in The Matrix, but let's face it, folks; Keanu Reeves needs to stick to action movies.
It's nothing against his acting, which he is usually blamed for; Reeves is good enough. It's the fact that out of what has to be the thousands of romances that go through the hands of actors, directors, and producers each year, he managed to pick one of the most boring scripts out of them all.
The movie is called Sweet November, in which an uptight businessman, after being fired and being dumped by his girlfriend, agrees to spend a month with a free-spirited woman who wants to help him. Frankly, I was never convinced that he grew to love her (he was just trying to get into her pants), because his Devil's Advocate costar Charlize Theron plays a beautiful but somewhat psychotic woman who keeps men at a distance (think of the most stereotypical reason for that and you'll figure out the ending).
The thing that really brings Sweet November down at the beginning is Charlize Theron's character. I am a pretty big Theron fan - she is a good actress and she usually chooses her movies pretty well - but I don't know what she was thinking when she agreed to go along with this one. Maybe she lost a bet or something. Her character is annoying, psychotic, and completely unrealistic. That says it all.
From there, the movie only gets worse. It is not that Sweet November is a poorly done movie from the viewpoint of talent; it is just that the story is so completely boring and hokey that it is hard to sit there and watch for two whole hours (amazingly, I did). Every time Reeves is about to leave the incredibly dumb situation he is in (that is, staying with a complete stranger), Theron manages to talk him back into staying with her. This happens three or four times during the movie.
The only parts I did like was where Reeves started to change for the better, where he helps a little kid win a boat race, and where he tells off a boss of a major advertising firm. But, like I said, those were only small parts of the movie.
Sweet November tries to be melodramatic, a real tear-jerker, but the only thing it accomplishes is a unified audience that agrees that we've seen this formula done before and done a lot better.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.