TrustMovies, you'll know he has a soft spot (yes, perhaps in his head) for the rom-com genre. Don't a lot of us? And then comes along something like LANGUAGE OF A BROKEN HEART, the new and infinitely grating romantic comedy which, according to its press release, tells us that it's not how you love but who you love. Oh, really? I know a few people who would dismiss that conclusion out of hand. And what we are talking about here, anyway? Lust? Limerance? Caring? Sharing? Or the whole shebang? And shouldn't one strive for autonomy first? It doesn't much matter because this silly little film is dumb from the get-go, and only grows more so as it goes along.
Rocky Powell, (shown at left) for he stages this little charade with decent profes-sionalism, draw-ing bearable performances from (most of) his cast and moving things along as spee-dily as possible. Rather, it's the writer/star/co-producer of the film, Juddy Talt -- I initially imagined that first name was a typo, but perhaps it is simply the diminutive form of Judd? -- shown on poster, top, and below, left, to whom most of the credit/blame must be assigned.
Kate French, above) who goes head-over-heels for the guy. Most of the dialog -- beginning with Nick's introducing himself to us, followed by a truly dreadful scene between him and a therapist -- is crummy, bordering on the inane; it's not funny, charming, smart or worth hearing. Around this time we 're thinking, What alternate universe have they dredged up to provide the people and conversation here?
Julie White, above: contrast her performance in this film with her work in the so-much-better, rom-com-character-study Hello I Must Be Going), who seems to exist solely so she can accidentally appear topless in front of her son. Later we're given the movie's maybe two good lines that come from Nick's best buddy Cubby (a pleasant but sad Ethan Cohn, below) regarding what men and women expect from each other when they marry. I won't ruin the nice surprise by repeating them here. You deserve something good if you tackle this movie.
Lara Pulver (below) dislikable as the bitchy bad one. Neither are given anything remotely resembling a character. Consequently, when the bomb drops toward the finale (which, of course, it must in these rom-coms), it seems so out of left field and unbelievable that I suspect even hard-core romantics will hiss at the screen.
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