Though I can’t deny that the film’s storyline is overly clichéd and hence predictable as the story goes, I still stand by the reassuring assumption that Save the Date is one of the year’s most watchable independent romantic comedies. While the film tries too hard to be fresh – and ultimately fails – it promises a perfectly laughable and heartfelt experience, making a good use of the catchy soundtrack and its cast of many promising indie-regulars. After a short conversation with Michael Mahan (during the American Film Festival in Wroclaw), the director of this picture, I rest assured that the film aspires to be mostly an enjoyable and entertaining comedy and that’s its unquestionable strength.
Saying that the story exemplifies a real-life one would be perhaps an overstatement, but admitting that one can identify with the characters and the issues that they need to cope with would definitely be all right.
There is romance, sex, marriage, and pregnancy; there are break ups, fights, rock concerts, dances, and parties. Ironically so, the film doesn’t seem dull even though it is a mash-up of all those things.
What’s more, as corny as it may sound, Save the Date illustrates everything that the word ‘indie’ brings to mind these days: indie music, indie actors, indie dialogues (words like ‘like’, ‘awesome’, ‘cool’, ‘dude’ – you know what I mean), indie vibe even.
Save the Date is definitely not a movie for everyone. It’s more of an evening-on-the-couch type of thing than a real deal, but still I would recommend it to everyone who is in need of a light-hearted kind of entertainment. Also, admirers of Lizzie Caplan will observe how she – once again – shows her true potential, gradually turning into a rom-com favorite.