More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "Save the Date," a romantic comedy about the love lives of two sisters — not a the tragic tale of environmental activists trying to help a trapped whale they nickname "The Date."
Director: Michael Mohan
Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr
Current Criticwire Average: B (out of 12 critics)
Official Synopsis: "After an ill-timed and very public marriage proposal, fiercely independent Sarah (Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend). Sarah turns to her sister Beth (Brie) for support, but Beth is too busy obsessing over the details of her own wedding to Kevin's band mate, Andrew (Starr). When Sarah suddenly finds herself caught up in an intense rebound romance with the adorable Jonathan (Mark Webber), she is forced to examine her own fears of commitment and vulnerability. With honesty, heart, and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love. In the end Sarah must decide — is it better to stay safely single or to risk it all on love?"
"An exquisitely bittersweet examination of the joys and perils of commitment."
"With a realism that hits close to home, and a complete lack of cliches that usually populate romantic comedies, 'Save the Date' stands out as a real genuine story about different stages of love and relationships."
"This wonderful film spouts an all-star cast of alternative comedy actors, that will endear and surprise an audience throughout."
"This isn't the most original premise, but the cast is game, led all the way by the gorgeous Caplan."
"Director Michael Mohan handles the film well, but the script simply doesn’t have a lot to offer."
"Save the Date" is now available on VOD. It opens in theaters on December 14th.