Columbia Pictures, Regency Enterprises, LStar Capital,

Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin

Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) is a contractor for the military who has had some rough times and lost his all-star reputation, but he’s assigned to go to Hawaii to negotiate with the local tribe leader who happens to be an old college buddy of his to trade some land for a project the military is working on with Carson Welch (Bill Murray). His problem is that his old love Tracy (Rachel McAdams) lives with her soldier husband (John Krasinski) which is a big distraction for him. But worse is that a go-getter young Air Force member Allison Ng (Emma Stone) is assigned to be his assistant, but is really supposed to babysit him to keep him in line and to make sure he doesn’t screw up again.

This is mostly a comedy, but with strong relationship issues between Bradley Cooper’s character, and both women, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone. The whole part about essentially stealing the land from his friend who trusted him leads to a lot of torment for him, and trying to choose between them both. This is an interesting film, and had it’s moments. The local Hawaiian culture is interesting, as is the interaction between the King and Brian. But if there is a flaw, it’s Emma Stone (who I really like) who is a bit too over the top, and Bradley Cooper (who I usually like too) who was really flat. It was just kind of strange, and it was really hard to get into the story. So it’s hard for me to go way out on a limb and tell you this is a must see, as it isn’t. But it’s interesting in a way, and worth watching if you are interested in the story. I feel very middle of the road on this movie, and it’s just one of those things that I kind of enjoyed, but not that much, if that makes any sense at all.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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