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Boston is the true lead in this movie; Jimmy and Drew are supporting roles ;)
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
This movie is like a valentine to Boston. As someone who has lived in Boston since the late 90s, it was fun seeing my city on display. The depiction of Boston things and people and culture is surprisingly accurate. The romance between Ben and Lindsay IMO is a supporting story while the limelight is on Boston and the Red Sox.
I had a feeling this film was going to be mediocre, just meh, and I was right. The romance between Ben and Lindsay to me just isn't believable. In the real world she would be considered out of his league and for this reason they probably wouldn't date. Jimmy Fallon just doesn't have much range as an actor, meaning he isn't skilled at conveying emotion. The only emotion we see from him is when he's going berserk over the Red Sox. Otherwise he is a bit flat.
The story was predictable and the plot turns were not always believable. It's like the screenwriters followed the Rom Com formula. Nothing original about this film whatsoever.
Drew was IMO just... bad. This movie made me realize she is just not a very good actress. I've grown up with her movies. We are the same age. I still remember seeing her in ET when I was a child. Somehow I've never realized that she is a mediocre actress. This is probably why she only takes unchallenging roles like formulaic rom coms and movies like Charlie's Angels. She never pushes herself as an actress, like a Charlize Theron or a Kate Winslet, two actresses her age.
I wanted to write a review of this film because it is such a valentine to Boston. It was much as I expected - a generic rom com, which is why I never watched it before now. I put it on while I was cleaning my apartment and I think it's perfect for that kind of viewing, something in the background.