If you cant get enough of the Mutually Supportive Sisterhood narrative, theres every chance youll go for this perfectly pleasant, perfectly undistinguished adaptation of a market-driven novel about six Sacramento lovelies trying to mend their stalled or broken lives while massaging one anothers feet. Like most MSS stories, these drearily formulaic days, this one comes accessorized with life lessons from Jane Austen, whose novels offer pregnant parallels to the dilemmas of these neurotic but nice exurban book clubbers, plus one pretty male nerd in the inoffensive form of Hugh Dancy. You cant outright hate a movie that stars Maria Bello (even as the capable singleton who cant commit) or the excellent Emily Blunt (even as the nervous Nellie unable to see the good stuff right under her upturned nose) or Kathy Baker, predictably cast as the much-married port in a storm. But its hard to tell whos panting most eagerly in pursuit of all possible chick demographics: Karen Joy Fowler, who wrote the giddily commercial novel; Robin Swicord, who wrote and directed capably enough; or the companies that have placed their products, which pop their merry little heads into practically every frame of this stolidly suburban romance. As for me, I eagerly await the mad bitches of Nicole Holofceners next movie.
Robin SwicordHugh Dancy, Emily Blunt, Maria Bello, Maggie Grace, Amy BrennemanKaren Joy Fowler, Robin SwicordJohn CalleySony Pictures Classics