It almost came down to using rock-paper-scissors in order to decide which movie to see. We were between this movie and “Baby Mama” and we’d decided to go to the midnight showing. There were 4 of us and we were basically split down the middle. While the other half didn’t entirely mind if the other was seen, we were sticking to our top choices. After trying to pick random numbers written secretly, we took it down to setting scizor’s iTunes to random and guessing before the song came on if it was in English or Spanish. With only one mistart because the first song played turned out to be instrumental, I won out in guessing the song would be in English. Actually, I had no choice since Benji had already decided his choice would be Spanish.
I’d read pretty great reviews about “Forgetting” and not to mention the lead character is in the show How I met your mother, one that we’re practically addicted to. Needless to say, I was pretty happy to have gotten my way. So, off we went.
In the end, the movie was worth the 6 bucks in the first 10-15 minutes. I won’t give it away, but you certainly catch an eyeful and it’s truly not expected. It’s not something you see in every movie. But it’s nice to see something different for a change. The movie itself is very sweet. It’s about this music composer in LA who is dating the lead actress of the series he composes for. They’d been together for 5 years when she decides to dump him for someone else. All angsty and hurt, he decides to take a vacation in Hawaii only to find his actress girlfriend there with a rocker named Aldous Snow. Aldous is the typical rocker who used to have a druggy past but had found spirituality and still fills his time with lots of sex. A compassionate desk clerk helps Pete out and he does everything to get over his ex and of course falls for the new clerk in his life, all while learning his life has new meaning.
While it can almost be slow and predictable, the movie does have it’s surprises. It’s actually pretty insightful with some of the characters and I was particularly happy to see that the rocker character didn’t end up villainized. He seemed almost human and provided us with a lot of laughs, when that is we were gawking at him in skimpy little clothes. Overall, I thought the movie was very feel-good. I felt very bubbly and happy afterwards. The can’t be said about the other guys who said the movie was far too long. Apparently these sorts of romantic comedies, according to them, weren’t supposed to last that long. I didn’t feel all the time passing by because I was delightfully entertained.