A rom-com told from the perspective of 20something year old men.
Great concept: a love story told from the other side. The testosterone-charged side. It’s like “Sex And The City” from the guys’ view. So yeah- you will o.d. on penis and bathroom jokes.
The guys in this bromance have great chemistry: Zac Efron (who also co-exec-produced) chose well with Miles Teller (who was the best thing in his debut film “Rabbit Hole”, co-starring with Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Aaaron Eckhart and was most recently seen in the sweet teen love story “The Spectacular Now” while making his comedic mark in “21 and Over”) and Michael B. Jordan ,who makes his comedic debut and should have been Oscar-nominated for “Fruitvale Station. Already known for “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights”, he is at just the tip of what should be stellar career. Michael B. Jordan’s got it all.
Efron’s Jason and best bud Daniel (Teller) are living the 20something year old guy-dream. They have great day jobs and spend their nights in lower Manhattan clubs, hitting on young professional women. Michael B. Jordan’s Mikey is a resident at a local hospital and thinks he’s happily married til his wife leaves him for a lawyer. He hooks up with his old buddies, who all make a pact to stay single and not get emotionally involved with any of their hook-ups. Needless to say, they all fall for women as they lie to each other.
The women are well-cast: Imogen Poots, who was very memorable in the little-seen “A Late Quartet”, nails the substance of the film with her take on a relationship: it’s all about being there when it’s difficult and you’re needed. The unknown Mackenzie Davis is a standout and won’t be unknown much longer. Jessica Lucas, as the cheating wife, had recurring roles on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the CW’s “90210”.
The most sympathetic guy on film is Jordan, who is the standout among the bromancers.
The premise of the film is better than the execution. There’s too much clichéd Hollywoodese-talk. And it’s pretty predictable. The funniest moments are spent with the barely seen Josh Pais as Jason and Daniel’s boss. You may not know his name but you’ll recognize him as the character actor who’s made a career out of looking uncomfortable. He’s underused here.
This is one great looking film, showcasing NYC neighborhoods including Soho and especially Gramercy Park. It’s a love letter to lower Manhattan.
You could do worse for a Valentines Day date night.