Really, the only thing holding it back is that I was never able to buy the inciting incident of Ryan Gosling's character helping out Steve Carrel. It's a moment of plot trumping character, although it sets in motion a lot of very funny (and, at times, dark) moments.
I thought the implication that Carell reminded him of his dad was good enough.
It was good enough for me to buy him talking to the guy, but the Hollywood makeover montage never felt (to me) like something that would happen in real life. Still a good, funny comedy.
And I was at that screening of 1941
last night, too, doubleohfive
. I had a great time. Like all comedies, the movie plays much better with a crowd, especially one that anticipates so many of the jokes (though there were clearly some, like my girlfriend, who hadn't seen the movie before). I can't wait to listen to the soundtrack, which I picked up but have yet to listen to, due to school. A great panel, too (it helped that the moderator asked most of the questions, though the few that came from the audience were all good questions, too).