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REEL REVIEWS: The right kind of rom-com, this ain’t

Taylor and How provide some thoughts on the movie The Right Kind of Wrong

  • Oct. 20, 2013 11:00 a.m.

A failed novelist turned dishwasher Leo Palomino (Ryan Kwanten) has enough chagrin in his life for two, but now his girlfriend is not only leaving him, she’s making a fortune with her blog and book deal called Why You Suck, which is all about his shortcomings. It doesn’t take long before everyone knows who Leo is and why he’s a loser.

One fateful day as he is playing around with his landlord’s kids, a rogue football drops into a wedding party across the street. The beautiful bride, Collette (Sara Canning), is unfazed by the intrusion, she simply hikes up her wedding dress and punts it back to him, rather impressively.

Leo instantly falls for her and spends the rest of his time trying to convince Collette that she is marrying the wrong guy.

We say, “At least it’s made in Canada.”

HOWE: When these smaller homegrown movies come to the big screen I’m always rooting for them to be a gem, just waiting to be uncovered. The Right Kind of Wrong, I’m afraid, isn’t one of them.

It’s more like a shiny piece of glass that needs to be thrown in the waste basket. Similar to Gravity last week, it’s beautiful to look at but doesn’t have any real substance.

The only ones to benefit from this movie will be the local businesses, as it was shot in Banff and showed the Rockies off nicely, which should pull even more tourists to the area.

TAYLOR: No tourists will ever see this movie, unless they accidentally stumble upon it on Netflix next year.

You are correct about the beauty of the surrounding area but not about the lack of substance.

There is a story here, the problem is that it’s the same old story: Guy finds girl, girl is unavailable, guy convinces girl she is married to a jerk and she should be with him, guy gets girl.

There are quite a few romantic films (call them chick flicks, if you must,) that follow this strange and telling plot line. I find it disturbing from an audiences point of view.

Movies are made to provide a specific audience with what they want.

So the filmmakers of The Right Kind of Wrong must feel that women empathize with characters that feel trapped in their relationships with their current mates and the grass is always greener on the other side.

If we reversed the genders and made this a film about a woman who tries to usurp a married man, she would be considered a home wrecker, at the least, and the man would be considered lower than a dog. So what is really going on here?

Is this a double standard?

HOWE: But the guy she married wasn’t a jerk. He hadn’t done anything wrong. It’s just that Leo wouldn’t leave Collette alone.

He harassed and stalked her until she gave in to him and her husband had to take steps to save his new marriage. Who wouldn’t do that for love?

Leo wasn’t in love with her, only infatuated by her looks. As for being a rom-com, I laughed once, and that was only at the cat with a leaf stuck to his face.

Other than that, I thought it failed miserably.

­– Howe gives The Right Kind of Wrong 1.5 newspapers out of 5.

– Taylor gives it 2 Walmart DVD bins out of 5.

The film is currently showing at the Galaxy Cinemas at the Shops at Polson Park in Vernon.

 

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