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A Lot Like Love

Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet

Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Tony  
Release date: April 22, 2005 Released by: Touchstone Pictures

Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet make for an unusual pair in A Lot Like Love. This romantic comedy's premise is, they don't realize over a seven year series of oddly quick and erotic encounters, that they are in love.

What these two incredibly adept romantic actors bring to the screen are extremely different things: Kutcher's pretty boy looks and Peet's sultry, sexy aura.

It's not because we all know that the "good" guy always gets the girl, but because Peet and Kutcher have a perfect chemistry, playful, physical and sexual right from the start. We assume their characters are made for each other, perhaps because they don't meet in a formulated idyllic way - their first encounter is a purely physical one in a kind of mile high club.

So how can a couple that met via an airplane restroom with great passion and lust not become a couple for seven years? It seems Kutcher's Oliver has a plan. He is obsessed with becoming a entrepreneur (remember this takes place in the early 90's) and the freer spirited Emily convinces herself that he's a little too main stream for her.

As time passes, clothes and hair change and the pair enjoy an occasional night out, sometimes with sex and sometimes without.

The biggest obstacle for this star crossed pair is geography - they live in different cities. Though it doesn't sound like much it is an obstacle the size of Everest for them.

Though the end is a bit of a cliche, much of the screen time is filled truly touching and believable behavior which forces you to love the characters, the cinematography, the unique style and the unusual tools used to show the passage of time. A Lot Like Love is touching, believable and the best date film since When Harry Met Sally.

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