Retro Review: 28 Days

Check into rehab for a couple laughs. That’s what Sandra Bullock is doing in her latest romantic comedy. Bullock’s character is a non-stop party girl who can’t get seem to find her place in life.

It all explodes to disastrous results when she destroys her sister’s wedding. Not only does she destroy the wedding in a drunken display but she crashes the wedding limousine into a house which results in her being sentenced to 28 days of rehab.

What’s different about this film then other Sandra Bullock films of the recent past is the cast surrounding her. A hilarious stand-out is Alan Tudyk who plays Gerhardt, a flamboyant gay man who can’t help that he is so sensitive.

Gerhardt steals all the movies comedic moments and makes us yearn for the other characters to break out of their shells. And its with that comes more and more comedic moments.

If one can remember back to 1995’s “While You Were Sleeping” it was the supporting cast in that film that made it such a benchmark in romantic comedies.

In “28 Days”, the chemistry between Sandra and her romantic leads really never evolves to anything special. This leaves the audience really looking for something different to develop those chuckles.

Sandra seems to have lost her chemistry and romantic timing back in 1997 where she tried her first serious drama called “In Love & War”.

In that film I found that when Sandra and her lead kissed they seemed to have the chemistry of a brother and sister. Coupled with the disaster that film was the $120 million dollar “Speed 2”, without Keanu, which seemed to have buried the once very cute Bullock. During these last couple years, Sandra has had a couple blips that kept her career alive like “Hope Floats” and “Forces of Nature”.

In “Nature”, I found she showed signs of her previous romantic chemistry but the constraints of the film never let her or her co-star Ben Affleck really shine.

Some of the more serious moments within this film fringe upon unweaving the comedic address the film is striving for. From Bullock’s 17 year old suicidal room-mate to Bullock’s flashbacks of her drunken mother to the scary straight-laced doctor played by Steve Buscemi, “28 Days” doesn’t shy away from the seriousness that it is to be drunk. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t exactly embrace it either. These scenes sometimes fit the film’s mood but at other times they make it hard to watch.

(2.5 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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