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What About Me - Quicksilver Messenger Service

In this supernatural romantic comedy, a beautiful psychic (Lake Bell, BOSTON LEGAL) falls in love with a man (Paul Rudd, THE TEN) who tries to contact...

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Review of "What About Me - Quicksilver Messenger Service"

published 25/01/2009 | burtybookworm
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Pro There was nothing truly awful I guess
Cons Boring, preditable, weird casting.
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"Death By Rom Com"

Kate (Eva Longoria Parker) is killed by an ice sculpture on the day of her wedding to Henry (played by Paul Rudd). A year on, Henry is still trying desperately to get over the loss of his fiancé so his sister takes him to see psychic Ashley (played by Lake Bell). When Henry and Ashley appear to get closer and closer, Kate, who Is still roaming the earth, believes it is her duty to make sure that Ashley keeps as far away from her fiancé as possible. Ashley on the other hand, is determined not to let Henry slip through her fingers, so the women, one dead and one alive, battle it out.

My Thoughts

I think you can safely put this in the chick lit category without any question, but isn't one of the better ones.

This isn't truly awful and I admit to seeing a lot worse, but this doesn't stop it from being a total pile of rubbish. What could have been made in to more of an interesting story is wasted with silly little jokes that just don't go far enough to make it worth while. This film was a bad cross between "Ghost" (without the emotion or, in fact, the pottery wheel and "Beetlejuice" without the humour, ha! What a comparison!) The characters were one dimensional, I felt no connection with them and the plot was as predictable as ever, you could guess how it would work out almost scene for scene within the first five minutes of watching the film.

The most disappointing part of all however, was the character of Kate. I guess it was fairly predicable casting of Eva Longoria Parker to play Kate, as the character she plays seems almost the exact same as her character in "Desperate Housewives"; spoilt, very used to getting her own way but has a heart after all...

In fact, it's quite a good job that we never actually see Henry and Kate as a couple together during the film as I think it is quite an odd pairing - perhaps the odd casting here is of Paul Rudd himself. I can't quite picture the two of them together, she's so fiesty and lively whilst Rudd is, well, a bit lifeless really! it's a good job then that Kate is dead for 98% of the film so we don't get to see some truly awful chemistry and just a horrible coupling!

I have not seen the actress Lake Bell who played Ashley before, and out of all of it, I found her performance to be the stand out. She has some great comic faces (the bit where Kate is making farting noises to make Ashley think its Henry) and her chemistry with Rudd was much more convincing than Rudd and Longoria's.

Overall, its just another girly film that doesn't even bother to make any effort at all, which is a real shame. No wonder this genre is laughed at - this is the second film I have watched this week which has been a total disappointment (the other being Fools Gold, although that was definitely worse than this film!) and that is a shame, because there are cracking little romantic comedies out there that aren't unimaginative and do have nice twists.

This just felt like the producers had thrown a couple of household names at a film with a badly written script and a Director with no imagination to create a "rom com" knowing that these types of films with big names attached would bring in the bucks. There was nothing either romantic or comic about this. Pretty bad overall.

Main Cast
Kate - Eva Longoria Parker
Henry - Paul Rudd
Ashley - Lake Bell

Rating - 12
Feature Run Time: Approx 90 mins

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  • Soho_Black published 17/06/2009
    You've posted this as a DVD review, but not mentioned the DVD features. Are there any extras, what are they and are they any good? You can change it to be posted as a "Film Only" review by accessing "edit review" above the review and changing the drop down menu under the "Which format are you reviewing?" question.
  • Blair_Waldorf published 02/04/2009
    I watched this movie simply because Paul Rudd is in it, no other reason. I would sit through anything for that guy, and disagree about him being lifeless! However the film wasn't very good, I definitely agree. Great review. x
  • brereton66 published 02/02/2009
    I could've told her an ice sculpture at a wedding is always a mistake.
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In this supernatural romantic comedy, a beautiful psychic (Lake Bell, BOSTON LEGAL) falls in love with a man (Paul Rudd, THE TEN) who tries to contact his dead fiancee (Eva Longoria Parker, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES). But the dearly departed isn't quite ready to give up her love, and she appears to the psychic as a ghost.

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