A swift and quirky new rom-com, Accidental Love is complete with a cast of funny A-lister actors including that of Jessica Biel as the roller-skating waitress Alice Eckle and Jake Gyllenhaal as politician Howard Birdwell. The story follows Alice who is dating the most desirable police officer in town Scott (James Marsden). However, after a random incident involving a nail gun on the night of their engagement, resulting in Alice being rushed to hospital with a nail now stuck in her head, things start to go down hill for Alice and her perfect relationship.
Just seconds before her surgery the operation is stopped, to the relief her surgeons, because she hasn’t got any health insurance. Therefore, now with a nail permanently lodged into her brain Alice starts to experience a wave of symptoms that include busting into Portuguese, becoming involuntarily angry and experiencing sporadic bouts of promiscuity. The now imperfect Alice soon enters depression after Scott dumps her because of her problems. Nevertheless, hope comes to Alice when she sees an advert on TV from the upbeat and over enthusiastic politician Howard Birdwell, explaining how he wants to help the people of his district. Thus, Alice and her two comedic sidekicks, Keyshawn (Tracy Morgan) and Reverend Norm (Kurt Fuller), who also have strange and embarrassing ailments, embark on a mission to Washington DC in order to find Birdwell and campaign for a new healthcare law to be passed, which entitles free healthcare for all American citizens. However, this isn’t as easy as it seems, as Alice has to compete with the bill of a new moon base imposed by senior politician Rep. Pam Hendrickson whilst also contend with the conniving side of politics.
Overall, this film moves quickly and is well shot with a fitting 50s aesthetic style that really matches the mood of the film. Accidental Love does follow the rom-com route with a quirky female at the centre of a love triangle, however I have to say that I did really enjoy this movie, which although fulfils the criteria for this genre, seemed to do something slightly different compared to some of the other standard Hollywood romantic comedies sent our way. Whilst, it may not pander to everyone’s taste as the highly random and seeming dissociated situations that occur throughout the film may not have worked as well if it wasn’t pulled off and outshined by the A-list cast, if you like a good rom-com I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Just as a side note, for those of you who remember the Pee Wee Herman series you will recognise Paul Reubens in a completely different role here.
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