Management (2008, USA)

I watched a silly little romantic comedy the other night. The general outline of the Managament‘s plot was rather predictable so what I focused on instead was the few good moments here and there.

I don’t exactly know why but I cannot stand Jennifer Aniston who was starring in the movie. It was clearly built around her character as a commanding, busy, urban businesswoman. I think one reason I don’t like her is that based on the gossip industry’s description of her I imagine she being just like that in real life. If that’s the case I would not like her in person. However I am also aware what these tabloids write about people cannot be trusted, so I don’t really know her personality. But they influenced me enough not to like her, even though I never met her. Also, she plays too often these kind of roles, and that helped to develop my dislike of her.

Steve Zahn played her polar opposite, a relaxed, slightly simple dude from the countryside who is perpetually undecided about everything. Until he meets her. The plot’s predictability comes from the couple’s juxtaposition as their relationship develops. The high point of the movie, in terms of acting, for me was Woody Harrelson‘s character the impulsive ex-punk businessman. He is so good at being a maniac and this role fit him well. I loved his rendition of over-the-top business philosophy mixed with reminiscent name-dropping of how he knows the major players of the punk scene. It was an instant classic in my book.

The ending had a minor surprise. SPOILER. The decision to go with a slower simpler lifestyle for the couple who finally got together with each other for good, didn’t ring well with Aniston’s character. I liked, of course, the idea the consume less-enjoy life more direction, but I don’t think it fit very well with the movie’s theme. On one hand I was expecting something like this as that’s what Zahn kept pushing towards in his zen ways. On the other hand I couldn’t imagine Aniston converting to it. And don’t you think that running a countryside motel is not as hard work as working I the corporate world.

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IMDB’s summary: Mike works at his parents’ motel in Kingman, population 27,000, on old Route 66. Sue sells art for a Baltimore firm to corporations for office walls. He takes one look at her from behind as she registers at the motel and determines to connect. He’s sweet, but hapless, with no ambition other than spending time with her. She’s enigmatic – rarely smiling, occasionally impulsive, committed to helping homeless people, feeling the clock tick after a breakup with a boyfriend who could have provided security. Is there any way he stands a chance with her? What can he offer?


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