Who would have thought that Ashton Kutcher could
appear in two cinematic duds in less than a month? Well, I didn’t
doubt Kelso’s ability in this arena. Now he’s got to
top it and have three duds released in one month.
Ashton Kutcher is, without hyperbole, one of the worst comedic
performers on the planet. His timing is totally off, his pacing
is terrible, and he has no range beyond his dumbfounded look. A
Lot Like Love portrays Kutcher’s ridiculously absent
chemistry with co-star Amanda Peet, resulting in
one of the worst rom-coms in the history of cinema. I’m serious
folks, and I have cable.
After the picture, I talked with screening rep, and explained
how I’m so sick of how all the flicks that run the exact same
way. There was nothing different or new about it. The rep asked
something like, “Well why didn’t you expect it to be
the same?” And then I started thinking, “You know, he’s
got a point.” Two multiplied by two equals four, right? But
after seeing 2 x 2 = 4 a bazillion times, it’d be nice if
one movie could use different factors to reach the same product.
It’s like what Rodney Kerington says, “I
can only eat so many green M&Ms man. Sometimes I just want to
go, ‘FUCK, I WANT A RED ONE!’” Well, red M&M
A Lot Like Love is certainly not—just the same boring
We first meet our flick’s designated young, star-crossed lovers-to-be
outside LAX. Emily (Peet) makes out with and then promptly dumps
her rocker boyfriend, and Oliver (Kutcher) enters the scene. Emily
takes a fancy to him at the gate, then soon inducts him into the
mile-high club during their flight. After a round of spontaneous
sexual intercourse, Emily and Oliver spend some time together in
NYC and become sort of acquaintances who pop-up and meet every couple
of years for one stupid reason or another. He gets dumped, she gets
dumped, fired, whatever, I wasn’t paid to write this piece
of crap. So their insignificant friendship turns into a sexual affair
into… well look at the title readers, whatcha think it means?
For me, the two most important aspects in a film are character
and plot. Characters are most important, because if the characters
are convincing and sell the material, the story is easier to buy
into. If the characters suck, I’m not going to give a shit
about the story no matter how interesting the concept. People will
say, “Oh the plot and characters sucked, but the action was
great” (i.e., Star Wars: Episode 2—Attack Of The
Clones description to a T for many). Well if the characters
suck, I sure am not going to care whether they live or die in some
suspenseful action sequence. OK—what I’m trying to get
at it is the characters in A Lot Like Love suck. There’s
no chemistry between Oliver and Emily, no spark, nothing.
The supreme lack of interesting characters certainly doesn’t
serve a narrative as hacked together as this film. These people
only meet each other once every three years and fall in love. Otherwise,
they never keep in contact—never send an e-mail, give a regular
phone call, go on a weekend road trip. Did I forget to mention they
both live in the same state?
There are some other familiar faces here: Penn
as Oliver’s diaper-selling buddy, Mann as
Emily’s ex, and Larter as her friend. Not
that they offend. Mann I think is a very talented, subtle actor.
But their parts are too brief and insignificant, and whatever talent
or potential they have is ultimately wasted.
Apparently Kelso takes the bashing from reviews kind of personally.
Well guess what, Kelso? Your movies suck, your performances suck,
and you are a disgrace to the craft and the art of performing in
the worst way. I spit on “That 70’s Show,” “Punk’d,”
and your car, wherever the hell it is. But you know what? At the
end of the day, you are making the big bucks, you are starring in
the #1 movies every weekend, and you are the one going to bed with
Demi Moore. So you get you the jet flyin’,
limosine ridin’, kiss stealin’ Rat Pack v.2.0 lifestyle,
and I get to rip your movies apart. In “Fullmetal Alchemist”
they call it equivalent exchange. So huzzah, and if it’s at
all possible… please for the love of the Deity, stop making
—Jeffrey “The Vile One” Harris