Monkey Love – Movie 107 of 365

29 Apr

Monkey Love 2002Jeremy Lee Renner, the only reason I bothered with this movie.  That being said it’s not horrible, not great, and yes very much a romantic comedy.  Sigh, the things we fangirls will submit ourselves to for our obsessions.  Okay let’s get the first part out of the way.  There is hot, sweaty, shirtless and definite hints of pantless Renner in this movie. However the scene is very short and so freakin ridiculous  that if that’s the only reason you want to see this movie then don’t.  Watch Neo Ned instead; more clothing but definitely better love scenes.  Or Bourne Legacy if all you are concerned with is shirtless Renner.

But back to the movie, such that it is.  The movie centers around three friends Dil Stephanowski (Jeremy Renner), Amy Roe (Amy Stewart), and Aaron Miles (Seamus Dever).  Amy is having a quarter life crisis or third life crisis depending on how long she’ll live.  Either way time is moving too fast and she hasn’t done enough and more importantly she hasn’t met the man of her dreams.  She’s determined that her best friends Aaron and Dil are the problem, they don’t want much out of life and are dragging her down.  But you can’t break up with friends so she decides to have sex with both of them, that way she can break up with them.  Also she plans on neither of them knowing that she slept with both of them. Amy first sleeps with Aaron then tries to break off the relationship but he’s not taking no for an answer.  Then she sleeps with Dil.  There is a problem.  She doesn’t want to break up with him, in fact she’s fallen in love.  Amy then does a bunch of really stupid stuff trying to find the perfect man and rid herself of her interest in Dil.

This movie isn’t the worst I’ve seen although most of it looks like it was shot with someone’s home video camera.  The dialogue could use a lot of help and the actors are a bit green.  I think the part that drove me the most crazy where the love scenes.  Now most times I can ignore them unless they advance the plot in someway but these annoyed me so much, it made me want to stop watching.  I’m not sure why the director thought they needed to be comical and they were so over the top comical that they were just stupid.  They didn’t flow with the rest of the movie and just, ugh, you’ll have to see it to understand what I mean.

The sad part is, there were actually some insightful and serious parts to this movie that if there had been more of them it could’ve been a decent movie.  Dil’s feeling for his friends is actually quite admirable and Aaron’s equating love with the mating habits of monkeys (hence the movie title) has it’s moments.  And Amy’s realizations about her fantasy perfect man and the reality shows growth of character.  So yeah I can’t say don’t see it, but it’s never going to be in my top Renner films.

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