Synopsis:A woman interviews several different men in order to get answers for her dissertation as to why men act the way they do, particularly in relationships.
My Takeaway:A very interesting film. I wanted to see it when it was in theaters but I missed it. I didn’t know at the time that it was directed by John Krasinski (The Office, Promised Land), but finding that out made it more endearing, as did the casting of some of my other favorites including Will Arnett and Rashida Jones. This film was very clever and artful in its style and technique. It felt very “NY” in its polished grit and almost Woody Allen-esque in its sensibility.
As far as themes, this film is a reminder that men have a story too. As much as we as women want to hate them when they do silly and/or bad things, they usually do have feelings and are human beings too. It confirmed the theme that I tried to explore in my second film, “Sophisticated Romance”, that men desire relationships too.
Some of the stories of the men in this film can be disturbing, and the fact that this was adapted from a book become painfully evident in some of the poetic monologues. Overall, I give it 3 1/2 stars.