(us) wrote: Every now and again I try and push myself to watch a movie I would usually pass up, just to see what manages to surprise me. I have to say the blaring saxophone in the opening credits struck me as a bit off-putting, but given the content of the movie that may not be such a bad thing. The point of any opening is to set the mood, and come to think of it, it did. Bravo. In fact, if the opening credits don't manage to set you in an almost uncomfortable mood, the camera angles certainly will. By no means are they bad, no, but again they do allow for an uncomfortable feeling in the audience. It's strange, but I can definitely see something like this happening in reality, the plot I mean. Guys, and I mean guys, how many times have you griped to your friends about women? In the last week? And you've never once dreamed of revenge? I'm not encouraging this behaviour at all, but I can't ignore how realistic the plot seems to me, even if the dialogue gets a little stilted now and then. Think M.Night Shyamalan dialogue, so sometimes it's grating to hear people talk. I liked how even though you can tell from the first couple of minutes that the two main men (Chad and Howard) are bastards in their own right, you can still feel a little sorry for them; they have been hurt by the opposite sex, so it's at least vaguely understandable that they would want to act out. I mean, Howard's girlfriend/fiance dumped him after a year, and Chad's partner robbed him (yes I know what happens at the end, but I don't want to post too many spoilers). Heck, even in the opening scene Howard was apparently hit by a woman just asking for the time. What the hell? Again, that doesn't condone anything else they do in the film, but it's nice to be able to sympathize, and it's good that they weren't made into complete male stereotypes. They were given enough character for me to become invested at the very least, and yes they are stereotypes, but stereotypes become stereotypes for a reason, and they can even be interesting when done right! I think they were fine for this type of setting. Again, the audience is not supposed to be on these guy's sides, but that's no excuse to make them cardboard cut-outs, and they thankfully are not. It's morbidly fascinating to watch them think they are great catches that should be treated with more respect, when it's painfully obvious to everyone else how nasty and rude they really are. I mean, think about it; these two are the school bullies you met in high school: the main bully and his lacky all grown up. The self-entitledness of Chad never ceased to make my skin prickle with annoyance; not a bad thing for his character. It's morbid to admit, but it's absolutely satisfying to observe people like this for once. Then in comes Christine. Poor, poor Christine. The person that in any other story would be the heroine, but tragedy makes for a good film. I had to look up the actress who played her just to check if she was actually deaf or not (Stacy Edwards) and apparently she's not, so major kudos to her for a spectacular representation of a deaf woman. I truly believed she was everything her character was, and people can harp all they like if they believe it wasn't an accurate portrayal. I'd like to remind them that she was supposed to be shy and self-concious in the first place, so her unwillingness to talk fits her character, and when she does I think she's spot on for a deaf person. It's not a bad thing, it means she was trying her hardest and she succeeded! Seriously, she blew me away. I also love the music that plays over the time sequence screens; it reminds me of safari hunting music, nice touch, and no the time sequence screens did not bother me. Plotwise? It's not bad. The characters make the movie hands down, and the premise is interesting enough to keep my attention for an hour and a half. I was more blown away by Stacy Edward's performance than I was the rest of the movie. Some scenes tended to drag along too much, but not enough to ruin the tone or the pacing. I hate to say it, but a lot of the parts with Howard leaned toward boring most of the time; at least with Chad I could keep myself occupied with how much I hated his entire existence. It's not like I disliked Howard, but some of his scenes dragged a little too much for my taste. I would have loved to have seen the both of them interacting with Christine on those mentioned-in-passing dates they went on with her, but then again, that's not the focus of the movie and in reality it shouldn't be, it just speaks to how much I liked the character of Christine. The real meaty parts of the film come up towards the fourty-five minute mark of the movie, and they are worth waiting for in my opinion. Although I have to bring up the 'Show me your balls' scene. What the hell was that? It comes up, goes away, and nobody ever mentions it again! Talk about random! I could actually see myself watching this again, when I'm in a mean mood myself. This film's very satisfying, and a good way to blow off some steam without doing anything bad yourself. It certainly gave me a lot to talk about that's for sure!