This review contains spoiler's about the film.
I have actually never rated anything on Amazon before, and while the majority of the time, most of the movies I watch I've enjoyed, this one falls a bit short, and that's why I had to write about this one.
I've broken the film down into 2 parts: Story and Technical Aspects
The films main characters, Ed & Alice are soon to be married, and she decides that she hasn't been with enough guys, so she wants to sleep around before the wedding.
Not only does it feel a bit forced, but quite cliched, because she convinces her fiance, (played by Jay Mohr) to agree.
And that is wherein lies the main problem for the remaining film, because the writers and director could have pushed the envelope here. Because, there are 2 ways the film could have went, either a dramatic approach, to both characters having sex, and eventually their selfish-ness causes their relationship to crumble, or it could have been much funnier, in which, kinda like karma or something, the individuals they decide to sleep with have specific problems. Think of "After Hours" where Martin Scorese pushes the envelope as much with the main character in the film (played by Griffin Dune) or "The 40 year old virgin." Both films go so far in their content of the story, but it falls flat here.
This felt more like something a film student, just out of college would direct as their first feature.
The secondary characters, didn't do much to help this film out either. Lauren Graham, usually plays the same type of role, so very little came from her in this. And, if you've seen most of her work, then you'll realize that. Andy Richter was not too bad, but playing the same type of schtick means that you really don't have as much talent, as you have a knack for those types of parts.
The two funniest characters, in my opinion were played by Helen Slater & Bryan Cranston. Cranston plays an english guy that is married to Graham, and Slater plays a divorcee mom, who is dating Richter. Although both parts are not long enough in the film, these two actors played these roles to the wire, just hilariously funny, which is why I really bought it anyway.
The other problem, was there were too many loopholes within the relationships between the characters, and not enough concrete obstacles. It should have had one after one after one, building up to a great scene near the end.
There was also the scene, the 2nd one with Slater & Richer, where he tells her he loves her, she seems a bit shocked. But then, later in the film, she's apparently 18 days pregnant??? To me, this should have been much more important for the story line, but it seemed like the punch line when Ed (Mohr) tries to say something funny about it.
There wasn't as much character development between not just these characters, but many.
When both Alice & Ed walk outside their house to go about their day, they head off in separate direction. A wide shot is used. The same one is used later for a different day & scene where they again, go in their different direction. And again, it is used again. You can tell that the director shot all this stuff just in one day, and again, a major problem is that maybe he should have shot a closer scene of them leaving, maybe even while it is raining. The framing of these sequences could have made much more of an impact, say, if it helped add to the story, or caused some dramatic tension.
Centering people perfect in the frame is quite amateur. There were many shots, that if framed different might have had a unique effect with this film. Maybe it could show how both of the characters are trapped in a relationship that will eventually fail.
Cut aways annoyed me also. There were several cutaways once Ed came back home, when both Ed & Alice are talking, and we get a shot, from waaay back, wide shot (which the director loves) that is framed off on the left. Then, once Ed was telling about their problems, it would cut, and again cut. Obviously this was to show a passage of time, but it wasn't a montage, nor a series of shots, but instead, just cut aways. I found this quite annoying, irritating, and it pulls you as the viewer out of the film. And more importantly, that scene could have had such an impact. I wanted to know everything they were talking about.
One of the other things, that would have been neat to use, was early in the film, they talk about having sex at night, as well as during the day, and the director & writers could have incorporated this much better. Maybe Ed should've had sex in a car, and a police car drives by, during night. Or maybe Alice could have done something more risky during the day. While this might fall more with the script, it is clear that the concept had potential, but the story fell short.
These were just some of the many problems I had with this film, and while it's always hard to write & direct a feature film, I also know that every film has something great in it. For me, Helen & Bryan's over the top performances made this film worth watching, but it only rates 3 stars because of the writing and direction of the film.