Too bland for my liking

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 00:30

I wanted to like this as it's the opening film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. However, it started slowly and, well, didn't really get going.

Script lacked the razor-sharp wit of Juno, another film from the parenthood genre, where expectant parents are confronted with their shortcomings, fears, and hopes. The duo (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) at the centre of the story don't quite live up to the billing as geeky losers, coming off as more offbeat and not particularly interesting. Krasinski does manage to inject some energy into the stodgy, sometime schmaltzy lines, while Rudolph spends too much time staring off into the distance to connect with her.

The road movie construct of the movie also didn't really allow the story to flow and in spite of some amusing supporting turns by Allison Janney as a monstrous mum and Maggie Gyllenhaal, as a New Age nutter, the sum is not greater than its parts.