Nicole (Aniston) is a New York journalist who's so busy with a breaking story that she neglects to turn up for a court date and ends up on the bail-jumper list of bounty hunter Milo (Butler), her ex-husband. Their stormy marriage didn't last long, and Milo is happy for the chance to get some revenge. But he's being chased by the goons (Coster and Garland) of an Atlantic City loan shark (Moriarty). Meanwhile, Nicole also has a lovelorn colleague (Sudeikis) and a vicious henchman (Greene) after her.
There's nothing remotely original or unpredictable about the plot, and Tennant's direction only has the hint of a spark to it. Despite the action mayhem, Aniston and Butler barely break a sweat in these roles, although each manages to inject just enough edgy humour into the character to make it watchable. Much of this is due to Aniston's ease with comedy and Butler's proficiency with action, and both show a rather alarming gift for appearing smug and arrogant on screen. Which is also why we never sympathise with them.
Meanwhile, the supporting cast is packed with scene-stealers like Sudeikis, Hogan, Garlin and the diva-goddess Baranski. All of them, and others, ham it up for all it's worth, and wring a few more laughs here and there. It helps that Tennant keeps things moving briskly enough that we never get a chance to ponder the narrative potholes and contrivances. But then, this isn't the kind of genre we ever believe anyway.
In other words, this is one of those deliberately silly movies that never pretends to be good. It may try to wrestle a few tears out of our eyes with shamelessly corny sentiment while making a simplistic point about true love, but it always moves swiftly on to something sassy or cute. And it at least remembers that both Nicole and Milo are ambitious, cocky career people who don't really care about anyone else around them. So of course they're perfect for each other.
Run time: 110 mins
In Theaters: Friday 19th March 2010
Box Office USA: $56.0M
Box Office Worldwide: 136
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Production compaines: Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, Madhouse Entertainment
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Fresh: 18 Rotten: 125
IMDB: 5.5 / 10
Director: Andy Tennant
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Screenwriter: Sarah Thorp
Starring: Gerard Butler as Milo Boyd, Jennifer Aniston as Nicole Hurley, Gio Perez as Uncle Sam, Siobhan Fallon as Teresa (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan), Joel Garland as Dwight (as Joel Marsh Garland), Jason Kolotouros as Gelman, Matt Malloy as Gary, Jason Sudeikis as Stewart, Adam Rose as Jimmy, Christine Baranski as Kitty Hurley, Dorian Missick as Bobby Jenkins, David Costabile as Arthur, Lynda Gravatt as Judge, Peter Greene as Earl Mahler, Jeff Garlin as Sid, Charlie Hewson as Rich Guy
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