Monday, March 30, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: Accidental Love

Accidental Love

Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal


Febraury 10, 2015 (VOD)

David O. Russell
(as Stephen Greene)

Millennium Entertainment

1 hour 41 minutes



This right here may be the saddest movie of 2015 overall.  Not because it'll make you cry or anything, although you may depending on your feelings for it, but because there was so much potential that was just flushed down the toilet once director David O. Russell disowned the movie.  Yes, the director of "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook," and "American Hustle" made this movie.  Originally "Accidental Love" went under the title "Nailed" and it was supposed to be a biting and hilarious political satire about the troubles people have to get what they want and how corrupt politics in general is.  Unfortunately, the film itself went through financial troubles which caused Russell to leave the project and have others finish it for him.  And now, seven years after going into production, we have the half-assed cut of a movie that, had it not been for the financial troubles, could have been pretty great.

Throughout the 101 minute duration, there are slivers of a great movie that leak out and show the potential this had.  I'm not gonna lie: I laughed a couple of times.  There were a few jokes and some sequences that kept me entertained and interested in where things were going.  The actors seemed committed, and the satirical elements of the film itself felt genuine and on point.  Unfortunately, what makes "Accidental Love" sad to watch is the fact that everyone's hard work put into this resulted in something mediocre and sloppy.  If you're a fan of David O. Russell, it might be best for you to stay away from this.  There honestly isn't any purpose or anything redeemable in seeing this.  Had it not been for the financial troubles, I could have honestly seen this becoming a modern comedy cult classic.  Thank goodness Russell and the actors involved went on to do bigger and better things, because this is just a sad bump in the road that I'm sure they all want to forget.  I at least want to forget it.  "Accidental Love" had potential, but in the end this is just a half-assed cut of what once could have been a hilarious political satire.

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