Newell’s rom-com flounders in this lengthy and predictable comedy about a bachelor finding love.
Grant brings his usual bumbling appeal, however is ill-countered by the charmless MacDowell. Scott Thomas and Callow have some funny moments, however the dialogue doesn’t grant the supporting cast enough room to play, as in Notting Hill.
Curtis’ writing lacks the wit of Love Actually and the cheek of The Boat That Rocked. Poor chemistry between the leads fails to develop the romance past an unconvincing love-at-first-sight scenario.
The ending is unsurprising and the script methodically repetitive, plodding along until the two hour mark concludes this loveless film.