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The movie has a dismal look—it seems to have been shot in a succession of bank lobbies. And Seyfried, who is usually cute in a fairly inarguable way, is fitted out here with a horrid red wig and ridiculously thick black eyeliner—she’s less New Greenwich than New Trenton, and the director’s insistence on this transformation is baffling. When Sylvia’s father inevitably crows that “there’s nothing I can’t buy,” you wonder why he hasn’t splashed out on a spa day for his daughter.
Kurt Loder is a writer living in New York. His third book, a collection of film reviews called The Good, the Bad and the Godawful, will be out on November 8th from St. Martin’s Press. Follow him on Twitter at kurt_loder.
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