Ok I love indie film romantic comedies. However I do see a serous problem with them. All the characters are always so self involved and narcissist. The characters are always so unaware of this at all times until the time comes to give it up for another person. It’s a cliché that works just about every time. That’s why we route for the characters because they learn to change its just been weighing on me that they always start in the same place. Does Save The Date fall into all the normal indie romantic comedy pitfalls? Yes but I wont explain it until I’ve finished the synopsis.
Sarah begins to confront her shortcomings after she rejects her boyfriend’s hasty proposal and soon finds herself in a rebound romance. Meanwhile, her sister Beth is immersed in the details of her wedding. That’s all you really need to know.
I hated this movie because of each characters’ self-glorification but I loved this movie because I believe it is a pretty accurate depiction of the prolonged adolescent youths of modern day. This is another tale of a thirty-something struggling to figure things out … and this could become a brand new sub-genre of drama. Save the Date doesn’t really give an audience anything new to enjoy or appreciate cinematically … but it still does provide a decent fun experience. What truly saves this movie is the acting.
Lizzy Caplan is the shining light here, as the non- committal heroine, Sarah. She’s joined by a number of actors with familiar faces, if not well- known names, ranging from Mark Webber as the new guy in her life, to her former “Freaks and Geeks” cast member, Martin Starr, who has graduated from playing Bill Haverchuck, perhaps the nerdiest character ever to hit television, to credible roles like this one, as Andrew, a rock drummer and future brother-in-law to Sarah. There’s also some fine work by Geoffrey Arend, as Kevin, Sarah’s fiancée at the story’s start.
It’s far from the traditional RomCom that pleases everyone, but for those who’ve been through their share of relationship hells and heavens, you’ll find a lot to relate to here, and the beauty of Save the Date is that it does it in a chillingly realistic, yet touching way.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Overall: 3 cats out of 5
Review by Bro “B” – Ben
We received a copy of this title for our book review. All opinions are our own
Save the Date [Blu-ray] is available on Amazon.com.