Well I finally saw AQFB.........it's not bad, just relentlessly mediocre. Which coming from the talent behind the camera, makes it bad.
1. I thought the lead actor was not bad, just not charismatic or likable in the slightest
2. The lead actress, whose name I can't remember but she is the chick Matt Newton smacked around, is an abysmal actress. Sheesh, what a dud performance
3. A good portion of the supporting characters were unforgivably stupid and their characters weren't funny in the slightest. Like the best mate/flat mate who keeps butting in during the dramatic moments, the father of Ben, the blonde guy who was an archer. Why are they friends with this guy? Why is he in the film? Who is really that dumb and clueless
4. No reason to care about the central romance - what does the lawyer bird see in Ben? Why does she want to be with him? It seemed like love at first sight at the school night, which is really lazy.
5. NO reason to care about Ben - just a bit of a wanker who we are supposed to care about because he starts standing on his balcony staring blankly and at the ceiling?
As I live in Melbourne it was good to see the Melbourne locations.
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Interesting ... I think they'd have to pay me money before I watched it but at least you gave it a go.
I took most of what you said from the trailer, it just didn't look interesting and the male lead seemed to be both bland and a wanker at the same time, a difficult combo to pull off (no pun intended!).
Getting the formula right for the supporting characters in a romcom is not that easy to do. Richard Curtis seems able to do it with Four Weddings, Notting Hill etc but many of the Aussie sidekicks I see on film are cringeworthy.
Given AQFB took less than $2M at the box office I think the negative views of some on this board were accurate. Funnily enough, it seems that Melbourne people generally loved it, probably because of the way their city was shown on screen.
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It didn't get good Aus reviews, plus the marketing for it by Village Roadshow was pretty abysmal.