Friday 30 March 2012

Today's Review: Swinging With The Finkels

Ellie and Alvin Finkel (Mandy Moore and Martin Freeman) have been married for a while now, and the passion in the bedroom has worn off a bit. So to try and fix things they decide that swinging might help to reignite the spark in their marriage. For some reason.

You see all those odd characters there in the poster? They're all pretty much shown during one five minute segment of the movie, and then never seen again. It seems like someone had the idea of having a crazy cast of characters be present during an interview process for swinging, and decided to tack a whole bunch of other stuff on there and call it a romantic comedy. Don't get me wrong, there are some funny scenes throughout, and Freeman and Moore do a good job with what they're given, but the problem is they're not given much. The only thing that sets it apart from other romantic comedies is the aforementioned quirky characters, but they're brushed aside before you can say "tired cliché relationship drama", which is exactly what you're confronted with instead. The idea of the whole swinging aspect is what led me to think this movie might be different, but in reality it's just the same old mediocre story with a little extra scene thrown into the middle. Quite disappointing.

My rating: 2/5

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