Sticking with Topher Grace a moment longer, the acting definitely needed a boost. Topher Grace, Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina often felt like they were acting. The lines were delivered very intentionally and unbelievably. That being said, Malin Akerman and Rich Sommer both gave very convincing performances. As the sister who has it together and constantly offers unsolicited advice, Malin Akerman was great, and if you watch Mad Men I think you’ll agree that Rich Sommer was a great choice for a husband with a marginally famous author friend.
While it sounds mostly bad, I think a more appropriate description of the film is overwhelmingly average. It didn’t do anything very well, but it didn’t do anything specifically bad. What really turned me off was how predictable and cliché the film felt. It may be a byproduct of the poor acting, but the story just felt like it was following a road map. The ‘non-traditional professional and personal success’ theme was so obvious and dull that it almost wasn’t worth listening to anything the film had to say about it. I can envision someone liking this film a lot, but it was just too unoriginal for me.
Length: 94 minutes