This week, SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! reveals their softer side as we take on 2003’s romantic comedy DOWN WITH LOVE, directed by Peyton Reed. An homage to the screwball comedies of yesteryear, Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor show off their flair for both verbal and physical comedy, which inspires both of our co-hosts to go into complete film nerd mode. Seriously, the degree to which Luke geeks out is borderline unsettling, although the biggest argument erupts over whether or not Mr. McGregor possesses that ever-elusive “edge.” Things get ugly.
On the eve of co-host Luke’s nuptials to beloved frequent guest Morgan, we take on 1997’s “romantic” comedy MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, directed by P.J. Hogan, in which Julia Roberts attempts to sabotage her best friend’s big day when she suddenly realizes she’s in love with him. Lives are shattered, hearts are broken, and somehow America’s Sweetheart comes out unscathed. Gross. But we’re far more interested in Morgan’s professed love of “women with big mouths,” Luke’s fear and disgust of hugging, and Steve’s resemblance to hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut. Yeah, things took a turn here. But congrats to Luke and Morgan!
It’s February and love is in the air, so we kick things off by tackling quite possibly the most cynical romantic comedy ever produced, 2004’s LITTLE BLACK BOOK, directed by Nick Hurran. Brittany Murphy stars as a Carly Simon-obsessed career woman who begins to suspect that her boyfriend is keeping secrets, so she does what any sane person would do: pretend to be someone else, befriend his exes, and basically destroy the lives of everyone around her. Oh, and did we mention this film is also a critique of trashy daytime talk shows? And has one of the most insane twists we’ve ever seen? Things get weird, and we’re not just talking about co-host Steve’s creepy obsession with Murphy’s co-star Julianne Nicholson.