I understand this argument and many have taken this stance with me when discussing other movies I feel take the same flawed character study route (such as Raging Bull). My issue here is that there are ways to create a character that is inherently bad, but is still at least relatable. In this case, I feel like the film was a very gloomy and most unnecessarily boring without any redemptive features, even if just in her dialogue. I don’t feel like a feature film is the correct medium for static characters, but that is clearly my own personal opinion. I don’t understand why someone would write 90-120 pages about a person no one even likes. A short vignette (20-30 pages even) seems like a good length for a character study like this. If I wanted to watch a terrible person’s everyday life I could simply just go run into someone I dislike in real life and not pay $11. The character in this film, while being so terrible, didn’t even have any layers to her that made her interesting. Of course, this is still my opinion. I would never want my opinions to stop someone from seeing a film they may very well like and for the price the movies are these days I really do hope it turns out to be a film you enjoy. In addition to my long rant about the characters, I just found the scenes to be boring and the actual visual appeal of the film to be lackluster in comparison with Reitman’s other work.
I have taken numerous classes on writing the feature film and each one has stressed the idea of motion in the writing. Things need to keep moving. I just found that there was no motivation in this film and it bothered me to sit there and watch it without any payoff.
It isn’t weird! I love comments AND questions. I’m glad it wasn’t just me who hated her. I went with three friends and they were all disappointed as well. I just hate that I went to school for 3 1/2 years for film production and screenwriting to see that get a run in theaters.