Quite surprisingly, Neil LaBute's stage play makes an excellent transition to the screen in director Daisy (Mad Men, House of Lies) von Scherler Mayer, something that very rarely happens in this, the age of the Hollywood blockbuster. So when such a premise of a writer, on the eve of his wedding, visiting past lovers and trying to make amends makes it not only into production, but onto the screen itself, it is not only shocking, but really quite inspiring. One part romantic comedy, one part straight-laced drama, and one part character study, the film balances good acting with a strong script full of believable and charming but seriously-flawed human beings in various stages of their lives.
Said writer, played by Adam (The O. C., Jennifer's Body) Brody, is a narcissistic psuedo-intellectual who comes off as innocent, but is so casual with his mission (which comes as no real surprise when his motives are finally revealed), that he really ends up becoming more of a sociopathic predator than a sympathetically-clueless man-child. But don't let the premise or the cast fool you: Brody is definitely up against some stiff competition. Some are wise to his game. Others are still utterly and completely under his spell, which becomes more apparent as the story unfolds. They say that behind every good (or in this case, talented) man is a good woman. But in this story in particular, there are several women behind this man. And no matter what your thoughts on him end up being when the curtain falls, one thing is sure to be certain: You will be wondering what really happened to terminate all of these seemingly perfect fits.
Kristen (The Lifeguard, Veronica Mars) Bell, Zoe (Ruby Sparks, HappyThankYouMorePlease) Kazan, Emily (Red Dragon, Equilibrium) Watson, Jennifer (Once Upon a Time, House M. D.) Morrison, and Mia (Savages, Alias) Maestro all play their parts wonderfully, almost as if they were written for these roles specifically. And though the a stronger lead actor would have made this a near-perfect movie, it also adds a certain amount of charm by having a "normal guy" in such a powerful and complex role. That, and the final scene. The look he gives at the end, after all is said and done, solidifies the casting director's choice. Many viewers will miss it, but it's certainly there. It's just too bad that we don't get to see it until the final moments of the film.