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Rated NR · 87 minutes · 2010
A successful but calculating romance novelist (Scott Caan, who also wrote and produced) falls hard for a book critic (Wendy Glenn) and learns what real love is all about. This 2009 indie plays like a movie actor's fantasy of the writing life: the protagonist works on a manual typewriter (so the keys can be shown clacking out words in close-up), he and his agent live in fear of print reviews (as if they still existed or had any impact on marketing a romance), and though the critic is supposed to be a literary heavyweight, her pan of the hero's book is a series of blog-level cheap shots. An achronological plot allows Caan to skip over most of the relationship, except for some glossy scenes in swank hotels and restaurants; the beginning of the movie is mainly swinging-dick stuff involving the novelist's buddies and an endless parade of hot women, and the end is swollen with macho brooding before the hero finds the inner strength to accept the advances of another incredible dish (Erika Christensen). Patrick Hoelck directed; with Dylan McDermott, Alexie Gilmore, and James Caan.
Director: Patrick Hoelck
Producer: Scott Caan, Vince Palomino, Phil Parmet, Jeff Soffer, David Pierce and Mary Vernieu
Cast: Scott Caan, Wendy Glenn, Troy Garity, James Caan, Dylan McDermott, Erika Christensen, Alexie Gilmore, John Boyd and Whitney Able

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