||[Apr. 27th, 2008|12:22 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Funny movie. Not spectacular, but cute and well worth your time. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are great, but Steve Martin steals the movie with every scene he's in. Of course, as a long time fan of Steve Martin I may be a little biased. I have all his comedy albums, even the one where the whole second side is just him playing the banjo.
There are some major structural problems with the first act. Too many truncated scenes that don't give us time to get to know the characters. It's detrimental to the story. You can practically hear the studio execs screaming, "Get to Amy Poehler's character faster!" But once Poehler shows up, the movie really takes off, and you do get a feel for the characters as it progresses.
And I don't know what it's like in Philly, but I don't know anyone in New York who is as friendly with their doorman as Tina Fey's character is with hers. Really, no one invites them up to the apartment to hang out or has long meaningful conversations with them about their private lives. And I'm willing to bet doormen are grateful for that.