Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Losing Control (2011)

Number Rolled: 97
Movie Name/Year: Losing Control (2011)
Genre: Romance
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Valerie Weiss
Writer: Valerie Weiss
Actors: Miranda Kent, Reid Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Theo Alexander, Bitsie Tulloch, John Billingsley, Lin Shaye, Steve Howey, Ben Weber, Sam Ball, Barry Gordon, Neil Hopkins, Jamison Yang, Alanna Ubach, Elise Jackson, Robert A Johnson

Samantha is a doctoral candidate just trying to replicate the parameters of her experiment in order to graduate. It’s been four years and, even though she managed to get it to work once, she just can seem to create the results again. It’s making her rethink her entire, very planned out, life. When her boyfriend, Ben, asks her to marry him, she’s simply too confused to agree.

This movie had a lot of basic rom-com features; however, there was a lot to the script that made me reconsider whether or not I can actually label it a recipe plot. In fact, I think the majority of “Losing Control” was very clever. For a romantic comedy, I felt this movie went a little more in depth than I expected it to. For those reasons, I wound up finding the film to be refreshing and almost more honest than a lot of the romantic comedies today.

Critics trashed this movie. No, that’s not a strong enough word. As you will see below, in the new segments, I’ve posted the score from Rotten Tomatoes (a site that takes an average of many critic and audience reviews in order to better represent the movies listed). Critics demolished this movie. Normally, I’m able to figure out why; this time I’m having trouble. None of the actors are going to win an award for “Losing Control,” but they were still believable. The script was witty and interesting. The plot was clever. There’s not one thing that I can think of that anyone dealing with this movie screwed up beyond excuse. However, one critic even compared “Losing Control” to “The Nutty Professor” and made me want to reach through my computer screen and shake him.

I’d watch this again. Critics be damned.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 2.9/5
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 7%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 56%

Trust-the-Dice Score3.5/5

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