Time: 105 mins.
Smith shows his soft side in this doomed-to-fail romance about two very different people who find true love in the unlikeliest of places each other. Granted the very nature of romantic comedies has our soon-to-be happy couple surmounting all odds to be together. However, Smith is the first person, at least to my knowledge, to make the problem keeping them apart the homosexuality of one of the lovers. Both lead characters being attracted to women is not exactly the most usual of obstacles. Instead of being cheeky and silly about the issue, Smith tackles it with honesty, humor and maturity. His characters exist in the real world, saying and doing things you may not like, but that are funny and poignant nonetheless. However, this being Smith, the film is also filled with raunchy, obnoxious and silly moments.
The story centers on two buddies, Holden and Banky, played by Ben Affleck and Jason Lee. They are best friends who work on the comic book "Bluntman and Chronic," a popular series they created together. Holden is the writer and illustrator, Banky the inker, who gets no respect. At one of the many comic book conventions they attend, Holden meets Alyssa (Adams), who also has her own book, and promptly falls in love. There's only one problem she's not attracted to men.
So instead of becoming lovers, they become best friends, which puts a strain on Holden's friendship with Banky. Banky can't understand why Holden is wasting his time building a relationship with Alyssa. She's gay. He should just drop her and move on. However, he can't. He knows in his heart she feels the same way. When he confronts her with his love, she can't resist. The path to true love is never smooth, especially when the lovers are bogged down with a boat load of personal baggage. Their initial happiness is soon marred by the anger of their friends and a dark secret that once unearthed refuses to be reburied.