The Lost City (2022)

The Lost City
Director: Aaron Nee, Adam Nee
Writer: Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee, Aaron Nee
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, Bowen Yang
Seen on: 24.4.2022

Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is a very successful romance novelist whose heroine Angela is an archaeologist – like Loretta herself. But since the death of her husband, Loretta has been unable to write. And so her latest novel ends in an awkward place for Angela and her love interest Dash. The planned book tour is off to a bad start then, especially since Loretta’s agent Beth (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) invited cover model Alan (Channing Tatum) along. At least on a visual level, he is the embodiment of Dash. But Loretta absolutely loathes him. A feeling that is not reciprocated. And when Loretta gets taken by billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) for her archaeological expertise, it is Alan who sets out to rescue her, however inept his efforts are.

The Lost City is excellent fun, a great fusion of romance and adventure that pays hommage to both genres but not without some humorous irreverence. I had a great time with it.

The film psoter showing the main characters of the film in a collage in front of a volcano and jungle and an explosion.
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The Wedding Date (2005)

The Wedding Date
Director: Clare Kilner
Writer: Dana Fox
Based on: Elizabeth Young‘s novel Asking for Trouble
Cast: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams, Jack Davenport, Sarah Parish, Jeremy Sheffield, Peter Egan, Holland Taylor
Seen on: 19.10.2019

Content Note: whoremisia

Kat (Debra Messing) is single and has been since she was dumped by her ex-fiancé Jeff (Jeremy Sheffield). When her sister Amy (Amy Adams) is about to marry Edward (Jack Davenport) and none other than Jeff is the Best Man, Kat is determined that she will not show up at the wedding single. Since she doesn’t have a boyfriend, she decides to hire escort Nick (Dermot Mulroney) for duration of the wedding. But her ploy for appearance’s sake quickly becomes more.

The Wedding Date feels like a film that lost a bit too much on the cutting room floor, and what remains is mostly whoremisic shit. The more I thought about the film, the angrier I got about it.

The film poster showing Kat (Debra Messing) sitting in Nick's (Dermot Mulroney) lap at a wedding, both laughing.
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