Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

There are only two problems with Let the Sunshine In, and really neither one of them counts. The first is the slow and steady degradation of the title, which translates from the original French as A Beautiful Sun Inside; the first stop was to the somewhat corny and certainly less resonant Let the Sun Shine […]

A review requested by flame_boy, with thanks to supporting Alternate Ending as a donor through Patreon. Do you have a movie you’d like to see reviewed? This and other perks can be found on our Patreon page! There are many charms to Sleepless in Seattle, but also a decent number of annoyances, and I hope […]

A review requested by Julia Eastwood, with thanks to supporting Alternate Ending as a donor through Patreon. Do you have a movie you’d like to see reviewed? This and other perks can be found on our Patreon page! Longtime readers perhaps recall my abiding fascination with World War II-era Hollywood films, and they don’t come […]

Ever since the swift collapse of the romantic comedy as a major cinematic genre,* the rare examples of the form that get made and released in a visible way tend to be praised (if praised they are) for how much they feel like classic romcoms. So it has been with Crazy Rich Asians (with additional […]

Every week this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This week: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a musical sequel to a movie that was based on a stage […]

So it comes down to as simple a thing as four names: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen. The stronger a reaction you have to those names, the more likely you are to enjoy Book Club, a movie whose appeal lies, almost in its entirety, in watching those four actors getting a victory […]

It is, I think, close to being an outright objective truth that insofar as the 1987 cult object Overboard works, it works entirely because Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have off-the-charts adorable chemistry together, owing in large part to their being a real-life couple. It certainly does not work because of the scenario, which is […]

Every week this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This (past) week: amnesia means never having to say you’re sorry in Overboard, a movie about how romantic it is to […]

Lost in Paris is beguiling as all hell, and I would in a pinch call it the most satisfying feature comedy released in the United States in 2017, though that’s not a particularly competitive field. Still and all: beguiling. It’s a featherweight romantic comedy full of many tiny surprises and absolutely no big ones, and […]

Like very many contemporary U.S comedies – like all comedies produced by Judd Apatow – The Big Sick: A) is a very loose, shaggy assemblage; B) would significantly benefit from being less shaggy. Though in this case, at least, the shagginess is personable as hell, rather than just feeling like the filmmakers had absolutely no […]

A review requested by Nathaniel Winer, with thanks for contributing to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. If we lived in a healthier era for romantic comedies, I might not have found TiMER quite so fetching; but we don’t, so I did. The film, which is to date the only feature made by […]

A review requested by Steve T, with thanks for contributing to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. There are, in the broadest possible sense, two epochs of the English-language romantic comedy. One was the age of the great screwball comedies, which ended during World War II. The second was the era of of […]