This movie has a lot going for it.
Let me count the ways.
1. Yo La Tengo did the score.
2. It was directed by Greg Mottola. His previous film was my favorite of 2007, Superbad.
3. A good portion of it was filmed in my favorite amusement park, Kennywood. My favorite ride in the movie was named after a Del Shannon song. Nice.
4. Martin Starr!
5. It reminded me of being 22 and being absolutely clueless in the art of wooing women.
6. I liked the character Frigo a lot.
7. I didn't dislike Bill Hader as much as I often do. In fact, I kind of liked him in this.
8. Kristin Stewart sure is easy on the eyes.
9. I liked the tone of the film.
10. And the way it looked.
But there were many things I didn't quite like.
1. The whole thing felt a bit off. I'm not quite sure what it was but there was something lacking
2. There was way too much lazy foreshadowing.
3. Jesse Eisenberg wasn't that good.
4. The music felt forced in a better get the Replacements song on RIGHT now type way.
5. I wanted more Martin Starr.
6. I didn't buy that Ryan Reynolds' character would listen to Nick Lowe or use Lou Reed stories to hit on women. Who cared about Lou Reed at the amusement parks of the U.S. in 1987? These sorts of music details have occasionally been known to ruin otherwise acceptable movies for me.
All told, I'm glad I saw this film but I didn't love it as much as I was hoping I would.
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