Alex (Matthew Perry) and Isabel (Salma Hayek) fall in love, get married, and have a baby—not necessarily in that order—in a movie that contains a lot less comedy than you might expect given Perry's Friends rep, couching its humor in details that deepen the characters instead of just playing off their surfaces. Katherine Reback's script and Andy Tennant's direction ensure that Perry is convincing as a superficial guy who learns there's more to him. Here his sitcom shtick becomes reflexive: Alex's flippancy is a desperate attempt to avoid emotion. A big scene in which he meets Isabel's family for the first time elaborates a daunting culture clash and acknowledges stereotypes without exploiting them. Though the climax of the story is a little forced and sloppy, with both lovers behaving way out of character, this movie is aware enough of the conventions it's using that it's more moving than cloying.
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