Your Sister’s Sister (2011) is a comedy-drama about a guy who has a one-night stand with his female best friend’s sister. Unfortunately, this night occurs shortly before the guy realizes he is romantically attracted to his female best friend, even though she previously dated his brother, who died a year earlier. Although this scenario may seem far-fetched, it is presented in a plausible way. It is the characters, however, not the plot that carries this movie. Mark Duplass and Emily Blunt are excellent as credible, likeable people who through no fault of their own find themselves in an impossible situation. But Rosemarie DeWitt, as the one-night stand, steals the show, just as she did in Promised Land. Together, these three characters show that nothing is impossible when you have three decent, thinking people confronting life’s challenges. Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie 83% from the critics and 66% from the audience. I agree with the critics and give it three and a half stars out of four.
Love is All You Need ((2012) is a Danish comedy-drama about two families that are gathering in Italy for a wedding. The movie never clicks for me because one of the two romantic leads is a thoroughly unattractive person – Trine Dyrholm is a middle-brow, recently cuckholded hairdresser who implausibly captures the attention of Pierce Brosnan, a dashing, reclusive widower. Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie 74% from the critics and 61% from the audience. I agree with the audience and give it two and a half stars out of four.