I grew up listening to her dad's music, and he's all I can see when I look at her.
Phil Collins' round, bald head.
His scrunchy baby face.
His squat physique.
It's especially troubling during Lily's love scenes.
I can't find her attractive when I keep seeing the Sussudio guy's dorky features lurking beneath hers.
Aside from this, the flick is okay. It's sweet natured, jaunty and reasonably witty.
One thing I really like is that it doesn't milk the teen mum thing for life lessons.
When Collins gets knocked up and has her kid, it's certainly a hassle, but it doesn't ruin her life.
On the contrary, she seems happier than her high-flying bestie at Harvard.
There's a beautiful scene where she visits him and they have an awkward dinner with his horrid fiance.
He thinks Lily is jealous, but she tells him she feels sorry for him.
It rings pretty true.
I didn't like some of the racier jokes in the film.
I have no problem with gross-out humour, but I've always found it off-putting in romantic comedies.
The scene where Lily has to go to the hospital after sex to have something removed from a certain part of her anatomy is just nasty.
A romantic comedy should be more romantic and less vulgar.
If there's a movie that will cement Claflin's status as a dreamboat, it's this one.
Sure, he was suave and cute in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
But here, his good looks - boosted by those awfully cute dimples - are in overdrive.
And you can't score more points with the fairer sex than being that devoted and loving friend.
Rom-coms about platonic friendships have been done to death.
Also, director Ditter doesn't offer anything new.
However, the winsome chemistry between Collins and Claflin is the main reason why this rom-com works.
Having them go from teenagers to adults comes across a little strange. But both are such eye candy that somehow it works out well.
Rooting for them to be together right from the start couldn't get any easier.
Collins has the most material to work with and she deftly handles the emotional roller coaster very well.
She's also quite adept at comedy, which is quite a change from her angsty role in failed fantasy The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones.
Claflin is extremely charming, witty and gives a believable performance.
Beautifully shot, this rom-com may not be in the same league as Richard Curtis' work but it has enough lovable qualities to make it one not to be missed.
STARRING: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse, Christian Cooke
DIRECTOR: Christian Ditter
THE SKINNY: Rosie (Collins) and Alex (Claflin) are best friends, and seem on their way to becoming something more. Unfortunately, Rosie gets knocked up by himbo Greg (Cooke), and Alex goes to Harvard to study medicine. The two remain in touch over the years, but the timing never seems quite right for them to finally get together.
THE CONSENSUS: The ladies will love the romance and Claflin. The guys will find it passable.
This article was first published on Oct 29, 2014.
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