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A Lot Like Love Review


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You've heard the old adage "love at first sight?" Well, for the characters at the center of A Lot Like Love, it's not love at first sight, or second, third, or even fourth sight. And after struggling through this time-warped debacle, it's pretty damn evident that love is not in the air. While the press materials clearly try to disguise the film's flaws by insisting it takes some people many attempts to find love at first sight, I'm telling you now it's not worth your time to find out.

For befuddled twentysomethings Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily (Amanda Peet), first sight takes place in an airport terminal as they prepare to board a flight from Los Angeles to New York City. During the flight, Emily, who has not said a word previously to Oliver, impulsively joins him in the airplane lavatory for some mile-high action. Once the plane lands, they part ways -- Oliver is going to visit his brother; Emily's headed to see her family. But as luck would have it, the very next day they run into each other on the streets of New York! I guess the Big Apple isn't so big after all.

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A Lot Like Love Review


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Until its out-of-character finale abandons wit, creativityand contagious chemistry in favor of contrived misunderstandings that stinkof a studio-mandated rewrite, "A Lot Like Love" is a deliciouslyfresh, ingenuous and beguiling romantic comedy.

Structured similarly to "When Harry Met Sally,"with its fated couple crossing paths every few years without the romanticpieces quite falling into place, the movie opens "7 years ago,"with meek, shaggy-haired, 20-ish Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) watching fromafar as a magnetically temperamental proto-punk named Emily (Amanda Peet)has a blow-up with a boyfriend who is dropping her off at Los Angeles InternationalAirport.

While waiting for the same flight to New York, these twoexchange long stares (his dumbstruck and smitten but empathetic, hers asad but indignant "what are you lookin' at?!") that establishilluminating layers of humor and character without a single word of dialogue.In this one tacit scene, Peet delivers on the promise of all her sublimesupporting performances (in movies like "TheWhole Nine Yards," "IgbyGoes Down" and "Something'sGotta Give"), and Kutcher ("That '70sShow," "GuessWho?") reveals a hitherto unrealized depthand charm.

Then during the flight, on a whim of newly unfettered lust,Emily follows Oliver into the airliner's tiny bathroom and jumps his bones.

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You've heard the old adage "love at first sight?" Well, for the characters at the...

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