This is an unabashedly feel-good movie, supposedly based on the life of a certain Mr. Reed Fish. The story takes place at a little laid-back town called Mud Meadows, where Fish is the local go-to guy and radio DJ and field reporter. The issues he had to deal with are so mundane he begins to question the real meaning behind his existence. Despite being blessed with a job he is apparently very good at and neighbours who look up to him, and above all a gorgeous fiancee, Fish nonetheless finds his resolve shaken with the reappearance of a childhood sweetheart.
As this is a feel-good movie, all must end well. The hero must get the girl of his dreams. But it does feel a bit lame that after the breakdown of the wedding, Fish and his ex-fiancee can remain such good friends. It is hard to imagine that she can carry on a platonic friendship with the guy who dashes her dreams and breaks her heart.
Another lame factor is Fish making his life into a movie. This will undoubtedly tear apart old scars and make them bleed again; but then, as in all feel-good movies, all's well that ends well.
I cannot say that the acting is mediocre, but the actors do not seem to be given too much space to 'strut their stuff.' Alexis Bledel is beautiful, too beautiful in fact to make it believable that a gorgeous babe like that would be willing to commit her life to a guy like Reed Fish.
Overall, this is a nice movie to enjoy on a weekend with either the family or friends over some popcorn. But guys beware, if your girlfriends or fiancees are overly sensitive, this movie might not be a good idea!