The good thing about bad movies is they make fair and good ones look better. Boyhood, which I bestowed with a 7/10 rating indicating good but not great, is a masterpiece compared to this clunker. Men, Women & Children plays like one of those bad rom-coms like Valentine’s Day or He’s Just Not That Into You which juggle a bunch of different interpersonal relationship stories in lieu of having any single one worthy of a tale, but with very little rom and no com. Awful narration by Emma Thompson only added to my displeasure.
I liked the trailer so much that I posted it without seeing the movie, put aside the Rotten Tomatoes score (29%), and set out to judge this cowardly film for myself. On the plus side, modern themes are not completely mishandled and the performances are good. 3/10