A dot to dot of every imaginable genre cliché, Brandon Camp’s film aims to mine more meaningful depths than others of its ilk, but ends up falling flat. That’s partly due to the lack of any real chemistry between leads Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston, but a clunky narrative – full of contrived situations and leaps in logic – would most likely have dowsed any sparks.
A dog’s life…
Based on the best-selling memoir by journalist John Grogan, Marley & Me tells the endearing story of his life as a husband, father and owner of bombastic labrador Marley who is a serious contender for the most badly behaved dog in the world. And, of course, it’s his canine adventures that steal the show, although Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are hugely likeable as Marley’s long-suffering owners John and Jennifer.
Take the hint…
Unashamedly a chick flick, this adaptation of the best-selling book He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo won’t shake the foundations of the romantic comedy but – thanks largely to a truly impressive ensemble cast – it’s certainly head and shoulders above most of its contemporaries.