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ragdoll From: ragdoll Date: June 22nd, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I can't argue with anything you pointed out here. I thought Jamie was absolutely adorable throughout (and not just physically). His accent was amazing - I've heard him speak French (at a con) and his accent was pretty much dead on there, so to come off sounding clearly As An American Speaking French was just sheer brilliance.

Jamie-doing-comedy was a really lovely surprise, and I thought he was able to move from goofiness to actual poignancy nicely too. The scene on the tennis court where he's drunk and miserable was great.

As for the relationship, yeah it was a bit sketchy, but I also got the feeling that Stephen loved Chloe for a number of reasons including the fact that she kept him together and gave him a direction i.e. the collecting thing. He seems like someone who can't always think for himself (due to his father's overbearing ways) except on the tennis court, so she was good for him in that capacity. He was definitely not the shallow American rich guy he seemed at the beginning...

overall, it was a sweet little film. And if nothing else, hearing the Scorpions being played on the pan flute sold it to me. ;) (It had absolutely nothing to do with those shirtless scenes...)

Edited at 2012-06-22 07:27 pm (UTC)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: June 23rd, 2012 03:24 am (UTC) (Link Me)
He seems like someone who can't always think for himself (due to his father's overbearing ways) except on the tennis court

I like this notion a lot. Given that he was groomed to be a star athlete by an overbearing parent, he probably didn't manage much of anything in his own life until his father was suddenly out of the picture. And from what we're told, he's now a restauranteur, and he owns vineyards... all of which presumably happened since he met Chloe because he was at his last Wimbledon when they met. It would be great if the film gave us more about how this headstrong streak of hers - going to England on her own, making her own way because she's got no one now to rely on - is something she was able to share with him, that he could draw that strength from her and not only become self-reliant but hugely successful in ways that have not a damn thing to do with tennis.

Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: June 28th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I felt that the lack of fleshing out their attraction led to her seeming EXTREMELY unlikeable, and left me wondering what he saw in her at all other than her beauty. She was mean, unforgiving and immature, on top of the presenting problem of her major lie. What's to like? This coupled with his altogether likability led to an underlying unbelievability of their entire relationship. Yes, the movie was about the two dads, but the marriage/wedding needed to be a stronger point from which the movie was scaffolded.

All other aspects of the movie, most of which were already commented on, I found fun and entertaining. I laughed out loud numerous times, especially by chef dad. I loved how he bonded so easily with Stephen. They were much more adorable together than the romantic couple was.

Jamie's performance was as I would have expected. "The shirtless scenes were gifts, there is no other explanation for it!" YES! This is what the pause and rewind buttons were made for.
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