Nelson is a busy advertising executive with no time for nonsense, such as relationships, in his life. But when Sara comes along Nelson finds she is as eccentric and unusual as he is normal and controlled. Even more frustrating for Nelson that Sara will only allow their relationship to exist for one month.
Keanu Reeves (Nelson), Charlize Theron (Sara), Jason Isaacs (Chaz), Greg Germann (Vince), Liam Aiken (Abner), Robert Joy (Dunne), Lauren Graham (Angelica), Michael Rosenbaum (Brandon), Frank Langella (Edgar).
Sweet November starts off with some good character background for Nelson but not much for the rest of the cast. Once the plot shows up development of the remaining cast can proceed and the story finds a nice pace though we still don’t get the whole story on Sara until closer to the end. Along the way there are some nice diversions such as Sara’s family, Nelson’s hang-ups, and a neighbor kid who thinks he is adopted. Finally we get one last morality lesson and the film completes nicely.
Acting is okay though Reeves felt a bit rough and generic at times. Theron was a lot of fun in this one with a quirky personality that she presented nicely. Isaacs was a pleasure and did surprisingly well in his role. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and added good depth to the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were mild but fit the film well. Dialogue was good and moved the story along well. Sound and soundtrack were also nicely done.
Overall Sweet November is a nicely done romantic drama with a solid plot and some good acting that doesn’t take itself more seriously than it should. Fans of the genre will likely enjoy this one quit a bit.
With some mild sexuality and gender material this should be fine for teens and above.
Sweet November is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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