I wish I liked this movie more. I wish the supporting characters hadn’t been so unbelievable. I wish some of the situations and plot developments hadn’t felt so forced. I wish it had more of an emotional core.
The central idea is a nice one – slow down, stop trying to chase material things and focus on bringing a little happiness into a fellow human’s life. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find that one person in the world that gets you. That one true love of your life.
Of course, from frame one, it’s clear that Tim (Chris Messina) and Janice (Jenna Fischer) are destined to fill that role for each other, so all of the manufactured complications in between just seem like time wasters. Especially Topher Grace’s character. Sorry, caricature. I mean, just look at him in the trailer and you’ll see that it’s impossible to take him seriously at all.
It’s a pleasant little story with likable leads and its heart in the right place, but there’s nothing that feels very original here. It just goes through the usual romantic comedy paces without taking any real risks. Likable but unmemorable. Hey wait, I think that’s what it said under my yearbook photo in high school…