Filmmaker Michael Mohan’s uncomfortable yet intriguing take on the romantic comedy is darkly amusing while being imminently watchable. Its young cast shines through with a fine leading performance by Caplan as a neurotic heartbreaker and commitment-phob. Alison Brie, as her more grounded sister, plays a nice foil and continues to show her acting range. Martin Starr, Mark Webber, and Geoffrey Arend round out the quirky, likeable cast, exploring relationships, break ups, and generally being broken.
S: I just forget to put the milk away all the time, when I go to work. It’s fine in the winter, but in the summertime, the whole place is going to smell really soury and milky…it’s gross.
S: And like,every available surface, I’ll find a way to put like a, leave a coffee mug on it, with, this much coffee left in it.
K: That’s totally cool-
S: It’s annoying.
K: -it’s not,because I only drink that much coffee.
S: …I wouldn’t drink it.
S: …oh, and I go grocery shopping when I’m really hungry. That’s a bad thing. You know that you’re not supposed to do that, right? Cause you spend way too much money…. and then you’ll come home right, and it’s gonna be like a houseful of groceries and then I’m gonna say that I really wanna eat out.
S: Oh and if you see like a piece of paper, like an envelope or something with a little drawing on it, that I’ve done..uh, you might think it’s okay to throw away because it’s just on some scrap of paper, but it’s probably the most important drawing I’ve ever done in my whole life. I’m going to be really, really, really pissed if you throw it out.
S: This is really going to be bad, bud.
K: I love you so much.
S: …I’m going to be a really bad roommate.
K: Roommates. I like it.
S: …Yeah. Roomies.
B: Sarah, I’m sorry. You know… I care about you so much… I have to be the voice of reason right now. Kevin, is awesome… he’s awesome.
S: Yeap… I know.
B: I saw him this morning.. you should’ve seen his little face! It was so droopy and sad.. and, well, I couldn’t help but think… this is temporary, right?
B: I’m just saying you know… he’s such a good guy, and he’s SO in love with you.
S: I get it. I get it, I get it, Igetitigetit. I get, that he’s wonderful… and I also get that you’re getting married and that’s something that’s super important to you-
B: This isn’t about that.
S: I’m just saying…I’m not sure you can understand where I’m coming from at all.
S: Okay… um… I’m happy.
S: Thank you. I know that I’m not happy right now, like not in this particular coversation or whatever, but overall i’m a very happy person, y'know? Very happy. and positive! I may even be the most happy and positive person you’ve ever met in your whole entire life, right?
S: And I don’t know. It’s like when I started moving in with him, like even just started thinking about it… I felt so… eegh
B: “Eegh”? What is that?
S: Yes! That’s how I felt. It is! And I’m not like ‘Oh well! I’m over Kevin!“ "Who’s Kevin? I don’t care about him,” at all.
B: You’re crazy. You’re making up excuses-
S: I’m not!
B: -and they’re not very good, you know? It’s time to grow up.
S: Come on. Don’t even.
B: What’re you so afraid of?
S: I’m afraid that I’m… gonna… sound like you…. psycho.
B: Well. That’s just rude, Sarah.
S: Okay. I don’t really… I don’t know.. I don’t want to start saying a bunch of stuff cause this is going to escalate and then I’m going to say a bunch of stuff that I regret and have to apologize for later. I don’t want to do that. I just want to go have food that’s bad for us and you to give me a bunch of sympathy.. like that’s the only thing!
B: ….Well. I will eat bad food with you-
B: -but I’m not going to give you sympathy.
K: Are you happier? Because if you are…. I’ll let you go. Are you happier?
S: ….yeah. Yeah.
K: Just get out. Just… get out.
S: I have all these friends. and they finished school .. and they worked their way into these crazy jobs and make all this money right? … None of them are happy. They’re just complaining non-stop. Mostly about time… “I don’t have time to do anything, I don’t have any time to see you”.. so…I don’t know. It makes me think that, aspirations, are just totally overrated. Cause I work in like, this shitty bookstore, right? and I sometimes feel like, perhaps, I have life figured out, way more than these people do.
J: So, do you want to get something to eat?
S: Actually, I need some time to think about some things. Some time alone.
J: Oh okay….
J: Are we breaking up?
J: Is it Kevin?
S: No! Come on.
J: Did I do something?
S: Not at all, no. You… no. You’re amazing. Like.. amazing. You’re one of the most wonderful guys I’ve ever met. Really. I really mean that.
J: Yeah. ..
J: You know, my instinct is to put a smile on my face and say everything’s cool.. but I can’t do that. Cause I’ve been where you’re at. And you know, the only difference is, is that the person you need, is right in front of you.
J: What’re you scared of? Sarah, seriously… what are you scared of? Being with me is not going to change you.
S: I just need a little bit of time on my own… that’s it.
J: … I love you, Sarah. But this is… this is fucking bullshit… Okay. You know… I don’t want to be like this. Can’t say you didn’t warn me.
A: Beth. We’re gonna… you and I are going to be a family soon.
A: I don’t ever want… my family to treat each other like this. I don’t ever want to treat you like this. When we have kids, I don’t ever want them to get so engrossed in their own lives that they can’t be there for each other… I don’t know what’s happening. The girl that you’re acting like right now, is not the fucking girl I fell in love with
This movie was wonderful. Lizzy Caplan does the whole fucked-up-girl-trying-to-figure-out-her-life thing so well that I think she may genuinely be really fucked up.
One of the things I loved about it was that there are no real bad guys in this movie. I hate watching a movie and the whole two hours I just get all tense every time one of the characters shows up because I anticipate they will do something awful.
Also this is the most normal character I’ve ever seen Martin Starr play. And Mark Webber is ovary-exploding. Neither of those statements are necessarily intended to persuade you to watch this film, but I thought I would say them anyway.
I think all of you random Tumblr browsers will really enjoy Save The Date. Yeah, 16 year old who’s looking at this on her phone right now, even you.
But if you aren’t quite sold, you can check out the trailer here: