Released 05/25/2007 Rated: PG-13
I remember when this trailer came out. The pies stand out to me the most. “‘I can’t have no affair because it’s wrong and I don’t want Earl to kill me pie’ Hold the banana.” Love it! That and that Jenna is pregnant and is kissing on her doctor. I don’t recall a strong desire to see it at the time, but it seems to keep cropping up lately. I finally had a chance to check it out.
I was genuinely disappointed that I didn’t like this movie much. There are a few reasons for this. First, I didn’t find it all that charming. What I wanted was a cute little rom-com, but I ended up with a deeper drama than expected. I like Nathan Fillion and Kerri Russell, but neither of their performances saved it for me. And Earl. I swear my anxiety spiked every time that man was on screen. [shudder]
Second, everyone’s having an affair. I understand that most of them, Jenna especially, are unhappy. They’re in crappy or unfavorable situations. But then what’s the doctor’s excuse? My biggest problem with it, other than everyone seems to be doing it, is that it’s not even used properly to build tension. Jenna and Dr get away with it throughout the entirety of her pregnancy. Jenna wavers with right and wrong a bit, but it doesn’t really go anywhere.
Third, I wanted more of the pies. There were only three physical pies shown made throughout the whole film and each of them is in the trailer. Two more were verbalized but that hardly feels like it counts. There should have been more visuals, crazy names and narration included. That is the one thing I wanted out of this movie.
All and all, it was all right. I’m interested to see how they made it into a musical. Kinda. Hopefully I’ll like it bit more. But truthfully, all this movie made me want to do was rewatch Pushing Daisies.