Monday, June 23, 2014

Beauty & the Briefcase (2010)

Number Rolled: 48
Movie Name/Year: Beauty & the Briefcase (2010)
Genre: Romance
Length: 86 Minutes
Rating: PG 13
Affiliated Companies: ABC Family, Von Zerneck Sertner Films
Executive Producer: Ira Pincus, Jessica Rhoades, Robert M. Sertner, Frank von Zerneck
Director: Gil Junger
Writer: Michael Horowitz, Daniella Brodsky
Actors: Hilary Duff, Chris Carmack, Michael McMillian, Amanda Walsh, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Coolidge, Matt Dallas, James McDaniel, Jaime Pressly, Courtney J. Clark, Tarik Naim Alherimi, Lacey Minchew

Lane is an aspiring writer, but her little articles in small magazines are not enough. Throughout her life, all she’s ever wanted was to write for Cosmo. She even has a shrine to the publication. When she gets the chance to write an article for them as she attempts to find her “magic man,” she can’t jump at the chance fast enough.

It’s easy to see what ABC was trying to do with Beauty & the Briefcase. They were trying to make a watered-down version of Sex and the City for young adults. They captured the superficiality of the cast and the self-centered nature of the main character, but missed any part that might have actually made the movie interesting.

With films like this one, it’s always clear from the very beginning which two characters will wind up together. This was no exception, but the script never really offered any foreshadowing for the finale. It made the already superficial story line feel even more plastic, and the ending was outright ridiculous.

I enjoy Hilary Duff as an actress, but I shouldn’t. She plays every character exactly like the one before. Still, I find her amusing, if not entertaining. Michael McMillian was fun to see. I haven’t seen him in anything since What I Like About You, and I actually like him a lot.

Unfortunately, one great actor and one semi-amusing actress wasn’t enough to save this cringe-based, uncreative, superficial, bad vision of a movie.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 45%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 1.9/5
Trust-the-Dice Score1.5/5

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