Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) have been married for a few years now and seem happy. But then Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a business trip and then it turns out that they’re neighbors. Daniel and Margot flirt, but there’s more to it – both of them feel a very strong connection. And it’s up to Margot to decide what she wants.
I was really looking forward to this film. I adore Michelle Williams and I really loved Away From Her. But unfortunately this seems like the epitome of a hipster movie and that is just not something I can even pretend to actually be interested in.
There are scenes in this movie that are really strong and that show Polley’s talent – the scene with the water aerobics, for example. Or the scene at the carneval ride (even though the abrupt ending sucked the life out of it a bit).
But the script is incredibly weak. The dialogues are pathetic and the attempted quirkiness in the relationship between Lou and Margot (and also Margot and Daniel) just rings untrue. It’s trying too hard and ends up being weird. Strange little rituals only work to portray the intimacy of a couple when there’s actual intimacy to go with it. But that’s not the case here.
The fact of the matter is that I didn’t like any of these people, except maybe Sarah Silverman’s Geri and she seemed like she belonged in another movie.
I sat in the film and my excitement and expectations gradually decreased until after about an hour I couldn’t wait for it to be over. And then the entire thing seemingly ends, only to start up again. And again. Seriously, the movie has about as many endings as Lord of the Rings, but none of the additional ones are necessary for any kind of closure. Instead they’re completely annoying – almost as much as the rest of the film.
Summarising: this film didn’t work for me. At all.