tephen Belber’s new film Management effectively blends “whimsical quirkiness, straight-faced absurdity, and affecting melancholy,” said Joe Leydon in Variety. This “dramedy” about an underachiever (Steve Zahn) who lucks into a one-night stand with a beautiful guest (Jennifer Aniston) at his mom’s motel, then flies across the country to try to pursue a relationship with her, features great performances by the leads and is highly “likable.” (watch the trailer for Management)
Aniston and Zahn do “endow their screwballish characters with emotional conviction in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty of their tangled relationship,” said Andrew Sarris in The New York Observer. Still, although Management “offers a bit of sunny but not entirely silly escapism,” the film’s “narrative is nothing if not far-fetched.”
Not to mention “appallingly creepy,” said Bill Weber in Slant Magazine. Management “may blaze new, jaw-dropping territory” in the “annals of romantic stalker comedies.” This movie is a huge step down for Aniston. And “what kind of mass-culture industry tries to pluck the heartstrings with foul fantasies like this?”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Who are the real gay marriage bigots?
- Why is American internet so slow?
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- Watch The Daily Show mock Fox News' confused man-crush on Vladimir Putin
- Religious liberty should be a liberal value, too
- Don't worry: World War III will almost certainly never happen
- The new bride who had a horrifying allergic reaction to her husband's sperm
- 22 TV shows to watch in 2014
5 surprising facts about left-handed people
Subscribe to the Week