Every time Jack Black puts out a new film, I approach it with caution. I find I’m either going to love or hate his work. There really is not a middle ground. But the trailers for this film have actually had me chuckling. They have a very History of the World Part I or Life of Brian feel. I probably won’t make it to the theater for this one, but I’ll be chomping at the bit to catch it on DVD.
You’ve seen this movie before. She’s the boss, a book editor, treats people like crap, and is a Canadian about to be deported, so she promises to a promotion to her assistant in exchange for marriage. The twist here is that she always thought he was just another assistant, but it turns out he’s from a very wealthy family in Alaska (they own most of the town) and he was in New York chasing his dream of being an editor and avoiding the family business. So they head to Alaska to meet his family and try to fool the immigration department… comedy ensues. And while you have seen this movie before, that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds are both great and their on screen chemistry pops. You know how its going to end before it starts, but it is an enjoyable ride to the finish. In my opinion, easily worth the matinee price if chick flick romantic comedies are your style.