Review: The Right Kind of Wrong
Not only is Leo a failed writer himself, but his now ex-girlfriend is making a lot of money off of detailing just how pathetic a boyfriend Leo was. This shaggy-haired dishwasher of a bachelor remains confident and optimistic in life, and finds inspiration when he meets Collette. He is determined to prove his worth and win her over, even though Leo meets Collette on her wedding day.
Ryan Kwanten is our leading man-child Leo, and Sara Canning is the woman of his dreams. Catherine O’Hara shows up here and there as Collete’s mother, mercifully.
More like, ‘All Kinds of Wrong.’ And that easy, throwaway line of a joke right there demonstrates more effort at laughs than what comes out of this unfunny, insufferable by-name-only romantic comedy.
Problems come early and often. Never mind the fantastical and unimpressive way he falls for her, an incident that involves a football and some peculiar residential conveniences, the swooning beau and the taken woman he adores are instantly and always unlikeable. In fact, it’s this bride’s rich jock of a husband that is perhaps most sympathetic and realistic, and it’s clearly unintentional.
To be fair, there is a moment of satisfying quirkiness and intrigue, but it’s in the first few minutes, and vanishes as quickly as it arrives. The umambitious Leo (he’s a content dishwasher) sits down to find out his girlfriend Julie is breaking up with him. It seems to have been inevitable, as she confesses about writing an increasingly popular blog that details his laziness and loserdom as a boyfriend to a fascinated audience.
She becomes successful while remaining beautiful, and he continues to shrug off criticism and embrace the casual and carefree, overtly demonstrated by his shaggy mop and folksy conversations with neighbourhood kids.
When Leo happens upon a blonde bride with a knack for punting a football (head-shaking antics such as this abound), he falls madly (or stupidly, annoyingly, stubbornly) in love, and seeks her out, starting at the reception.
He continues undeterred, despite their not knowing each other, their different ambition and careers, and the fact that she is just married. At no point is this quest at all believable or the least bit sympathizing. Catherina O’Hara is the only saving grace, and she is in fact the only one on Leo’s side, for she doesn’t approve of her daughter’s marriage.
When someone finally utters the title by way of annoying aphorism, it’s really time to shut down the movie, but it keeps dragging along until it’s insufferable and lazy conclusion. It never matters if the two of them end up together as long as they go away.
Should You See It?
I can’t think of any circumstances where this would be a good idea. In fact, should a partner strongly suggest this for a date movie, it’s reason enough to call things quits.