New review The dull desperation of 'A lot like love'

Where's the sweet serendipity?

Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher try the When Harry Met Sally formula on a younger generation. The result, says Kiko Martinez, is "dull desperation."

A Lot Like Love

Dir. Nigel Cole; writ. Colin Patrick Lynch; feat. Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet, Kathryn Hahn, Kal Penn, Alie Larter (PG-13)

Ashton Kutcher (The Butterfly Effect) and Amanda Peet (The Whole Ten Yards) mistake dull desperation for sweet serendipity in A Lot Like Love .

Meeting each other for the first time on an airplane (they don't actually meet, but have sex in the bathroom), Oliver Geary and Emily Friehl, the two newest members of the mile-high club, go through their lives running into each other sporadically over the span of seven years. It is in the course of these tedious encounters that Oliver and Emily become friends and transform from horny young adults into civilized, career-minded individuals looking for the perfect mate.

The oft-replicated boy-meets-girl-loses-girl-finds-girl plot becomes unrealistic as we watch the picture hit a few dead ends and attempt to save itself by having Kutcher play the compassionate, dorky romantic who always does the right thing. He definitely does blundering, but he doesn't do cute. Kiko Martinez

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