October 9, 2014

Save the Date (2012)

Lizzy Caplan (aka Linday Lohan's angry friend in Mean Girls), Alison Brie, Geoffry Arend

The reason indie films are so beloved is that they're supposed to be labors of love. They stress acting and realism over special effects (of any kind) and trust the audience won't be bored by long periods of silence. I often find myself annoyed with this commitment to reality, as I want my movies to be entertaining, not reflections of what I see in everyday life.

Relationship indies, however, are where I change my stance. I think the reason regular romantic comedies are so annoying is because they follow the same ridiculous plot formula that is so unrealistic to life (see the breakdown here). But no matter the variations, they all have one thing in common: the grand romantic gesture. You know, the Say Anything moment of the movie where someone does something out of the ordinary to prove their love, because that one moment obviously erases any previous problems the couple had.

This movie had that realness. It was, actually, one of the more realistic movies I've seen about relationships, in terms of the way people interact with one another. They do boring things like brush their teeth together and have conversations about mundane things. That's what shows real intimacy and comfort. This doesn't necessarily make for the most exciting movie, especially since I don't think it's necessary to listen to two people talk about their farts together, but I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who have had that conversation.

I also think the character development in this was decent, at least in the main character. Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) was one of those girls I'm sure everyone has known (or been) in their lifetime - a girl who likes dating but absolutely refuses to commit, and who can turn cold and unresponsive when necessary to protect herself. She is a character I think many women can relate to and one that men will be confused and frustrated by.

Speaking of frustrating women... her sister! She seems like a judgmental bitch on first glance, which would normally raise my feminist hackles at a woman being portrayed so one-dimensionally, but in thinking about it, I realize that some women really just lose their f*cking mind when planning a wedding. I don't understand it, but I've seen even the most rational, normal women morph into self-centered bridezillas as "their day" approaches. I don't know how to make people understand that no one else actually cares about your wedding, let alone whether or not the color of your napkins match the ribbons on your bridesmaid's bouquets, but I do believe in excusing my friends for their temporary insanity, provided it passes after the big day. So really, her sister might just be one of these women whose self-centeredness is a byproduct of wedding ridiculousness. Or I might just be making excuses for her.

Where the indies lose me is their completely unrealistic portrayal of people who are always artists or writers or whatever and live in these fabulous lofts there is no way they could afford on the money they make. Not to mention, I think Sarah's drawings are stupid and in no way believe she would get an entire gallery show to herself. But if opting to sit through a movie of this type again, I would choose Lola Versus every time.

Final word: Indie chick flick through and through, right now to the musical selections.

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