“The Romantics” – Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin

Longtime indie producer and sometime screenwriter (“Prozac Nation”) Galt Niederhoffer produces, adapts and directs her novel about seven college friends who come together for a wedding, which brings out unresolved feelings, especially between the maid of honor (Katie Holmes) and the groom (Josh Duhamel), who have a long and complicated history.

There are shenanigans and some emotional fireworks (quite tasteful) over the night between the rehearsal dinner and the wedding, but this isn’t so much a romantic comedy as a lightweight indie ensemble drama that never quite gels. Katie Holmes is a co-producer on the film (one of a couple of dozen, or it seems as the credits roll by) and gets top billing as the jilted girl who still hasn’t come to terms with her former boyfriend and best friend (Anna Paquin) getting hitched. It’s a good role and a fine performance from Holmes, her best since “Pieces of April.”

Continue  reading at Videodrone, where there is also an exclusive video clip from the DVD.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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