ABC Film Challenge – Romance – L – Laws of Attraction (2004)

Director: Peter Howitt

Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna, Robert Harling (Screenplay)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen, Parker Posey, Frances Fisher, Nora Dunn

 

Plot: Amidst a sea of litigation, two New York City divorce lawyers find love.


Tagline – Getting married is a great way to fall in love.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Rom Com

 

Story: Laws of Attraction starts as we meet divorce lawyer Audrey Woods (Moore), she has never lost a case for her clients and has her own strict style to getting business done and personal life, when her latest case brings her up against laid backed lawyer Daniel Rafferty (Brosnan) that throws her off her game, with his style and the fact he has never lost a case doesn’t help.

As the two fight their obvious attraction to each other, the battle in the courts breaking each other’s undefeated streaks before getting their hands on one of the biggest divorce cases in the public eye, rock star Thorne (Sheen) and fashion designer Serena (Posey), which brings the two lawyers closer together.

 

Thoughts on Laws of Attraction

 

Characters – Audrey Woods is the most successful divorce lawyer in New York City, undefeated and the one that the rich and famous turn too. Away from the court she lives a very closed off life not dating and using her spare time watching the weather channel. She is the complete opposite to Daniel, she is neat and tidy borderline OCD. Daniel is the untidy lawyer that has returned to New York and goes against Audrey in the courtroom, he is as successful as Audrey which shows the two clashing in court. The two characters show how opposites can attract in the strangest times. Thorne and Serena are the typical over the top celebrities that should never have gotten married in the first place, that show Audrey and Daniel about love.

PerformancesJulianne Moore is great in this leading role, her chemistry with Brosnan is good throughout and her timing for the comical moments works for her character. Pierce Brosnan is great opposite Moore, he is always great as the laid back figure in any movie and this is no different. The supporting cast are good too with Michael Sheen, Parker Posey and Frances Fisher getting plenty of laughs through the film.

StoryThe story here follows two lawyers that start against each other in court but soon start having sparks between them as they are against each other with one of their biggest cases going on in the court room. This does play into the idea of opposites attracting through an unlikely situation and plays out the idea of career versus love at time, for the most part this is a safe romantic comedy that does the humour when needed and the serious moments when needed too.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this movie does hit well, most of it comes from the supporting characters with Michael Sheen being the highlight of them. The romance side of the film shows us just how opposites could attract and that you could find love in the strangest places.

SettingsThe film has a couple of main locations, New York which would explain the careers for both the lawyers and the fish out of water location in Ireland which offers Audrey a chance to loosen up.


Scene of the Movie –
To the Airport.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Audrey isn’t the nicest of characters with the way she treats Daniel.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable romantic comedy that does feel very safe, but doesn’t need to over complicate anything. You will get the chuckles needed too.

 

Overall: Safe and enjoyable romantic comedy.

Rating

 

 

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We Bought A Zoo (2011)

Director: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Aline Brosh Mckenna, Cameron Crowe

Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Angus Macfadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit

 

Story Benjamin Mee (Damon) a widower and father of two Dylan (Ford) and Rosie (Elizabeth Jones), decides to move his family out of the city and into the countryside. Benjamin finds the dream place, but it has a small catch, it comes with a zoo. Benjamin goes against his brother Duncan’s (Haden Church) advice and buys the zoo.

 

The zoo has its own zookeeper Kelly (Johansson) and staff in MacCready (Macfadyen), Robin (Fugit) and young Lily (Fanning). Benjamin must team up with the expects to bring the zoo back up to scratch for a summer opening. What follows in a family growing back together and an all round family film.

 

Verdict Being based on a true story of a family’s success story you know ending is going to be a happy one. Every single member of the cast puts in a strong performance.  As for family films this is one of the best of the year having something for everyone to enjoy. I would suggest to anybody who is into over coming hard situation and zoo themed films would enjoy this.

 

Story Mark 9/10 Great story

 

Character Development Mark 9/10 Watching the Mee family get closer as the story unfolds.

 

Friendship Chemistry Mark 9/10 The friends together at the start are very close and their bound comes through to make the success happen.

 

Star Performances The whole cast gives great performances all the way through.

 

Favourite Character Duncan Mee the brother who tries to advice against everything Benjamin does in a very amusing way.

 

Best Part When Benjamin finds the escaped bear.

 

Worst Part When Benjamin has to make his mind up about one of the tigers.

 

Best Quote Benjamin ‘ You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.’

 

My Rating 83%