Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Run Time: 94 minutes
This film is entirely unnecessary for a number of reasons; most significant being the mere fact that it is merely a collection of clichés and conversations taken from much better films. With nothing original to add to the romantic comedy genre, at the very least first-time filmmaker Tom Gormican could have given the film a decently written female character. Even the male characters are only given about as much personality as is designated to various members of the carefully constructed boy bands. It is clear that this is a movie made catered to the tastes of a specific female Zac Efron fan club, where all guys who are attractive may act poorly but it is only because they are falling in love for the first time. This plays right into the female fantasy of fixing and domesticating the bad-boy personality type, and I’m sure belief in this movie’s happy ending will lead thousands of additional naïve girls into believing their random hook-ups will eventually fall in love with them.
There is more attempt in the film’s trailer to set up a plot than in the actual film, though there is a quick scene in which three single friends make a pact to stay out of relationships for as long as possible. This is supposed to help introduce conflict in the otherwise pointless narrative, because all three friends inevitably end up in a relationship that they hide from their friends at their own detriment. Jason (Efron) is the stereotypical player, sleeping with a variety of women at any given time, even after he meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), the girl he is supposedly in love with. Daniel (Miles Teller) begins sleeping with his female friend, who was nothing more than a friend until… yeah, even describing this horrendous movie-romance cliché is making me sick. Mikey (Michael B. Jordon) has the most unique situation, with a wife that left him for the lawyer she is using to divorce him. Mikey’s relationship is with this same wife, who is okay sleeping with him as long as it isn’t in marriage.
The humor is contrived and unbelievable, the relationships are one-dimensional and inconsequential, and the romance is non-existent thanks to an ill-fated attempt to make a romantic comedy directed towards a male audience which would also appease young female Efron fans. Studio execs need to realize those are two different demographics. The best thing that can be said about this film is that it is better than Cavemen. It is a short and inoffensive watch, so long as you have your brain turned off or access to a large amount of drugs or alcohol. The worst part was the random voice-over narration that suddenly decides to pop into the story to wrap things up nicely.
The Blu-ray release includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, as well as an extended gag reel. Also included in the extras are additional featurettes, including one about each of the characters. It is all basically fluff, directed at audience members watching this film because of the cast members in it.
Entertainment Value: 5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 3.5/10
Historical Significance: 2/10
Special Features: 4/10