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And yet, I liked it. I DID. I liked it. I laughed, LOUDLY, several times, so that my 7-year-old said to her father, "What could be THAT funny?" I think there is probably a technical term for this kind of movie, but I don't know it. Farce? Comedy of errors? Dramedy? ...I don't really know any technical terms for movies.
Part of it is that I am fond of Andy Garcia. I saw him in Ocean's 11 and found him memorable. And his real-life daughter plays his daughter in the movie, which is fun.
Part of it is that there are some interesting insider insights into what it's like to be an actor. (It does not look very appealing.)
Part of it is that one of the actors spends much of the movie with his shirt off and then acts honorably in the face of temptation (rawr). (And if that is not your thing, perhaps you will be interested to hear that part of the movie takes place in a strip club, in which a girl is genuinely working to pay her way through college.)
Part of it is that it includes, um, "plumpness admiration" in a fairly favorable, normal sort of light. Like, sure, a heterosexual teenaged boy might be using the internet to find pictures of skinny girls, or he might be looking for pictures of plump girls, why couldn't it go either way? And when the handsome grown-up houseguest discovers this internet-search preference, he isn't appalled at all. And the fatness of the neighbor isn't used as shorthand to communicate stupidity and loudness and coarseness; instead she's kind and self-confident and friendly.
Part of it is that everyone and everything is such a likeable train wreck, and yet everything comes right in the end. It's not a particularly realistic plot or resolution, but the movie doesn't seem like it's going for realism. It's going for..."Here's a jumbled plot, here's an amusing way to think of it playing out, and here's everyone jolly at the end." It reminded me of Shakespeare.
Part of it is that I had low expectations, and in fact when I got the Netflix disc in the mail I thought, "I ordered this? I wonder why?"
Part of it was wine. I really find it boosts the quality of nearly any movie.