It isn’t often one can describe a contemporary comedy as
“cute,” but I think that’s the fitting adjective for this lightly likable film
starring (and co-written by) Justin Long. It’s so short, and so slight, that it
may be better enjoyed at home on VOD, where it’s available now, than in its
handful of theatrical engagements which begin tomorrow, November 6.
The story is simple: Long is smitten with a barista (Evan Rachel Wood) at his
local Brooklyn coffee house, but is too shy to approach her. Instead, he checks
her Facebook page, learns all her likes and preferences—from Walt Whitman to
rock-climbing—and sets out to win her by posing as her perfect man. Needless to
say, this leads to a series of comic complications and calamities.
Wood has never been more attractive or appealing as the
blithe spirit named Birdie Hazel. In fact, she’s too good to be true; no wonder
Long is so entranced. The film is peppered with cameo appearances by such
welcome players as Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn, Sam Rockwell, Sienna Miller, Brendan
Fraser, and Scott Adsit, but it’s the chemistry between Long and Wood that
makes it work as well as it does.
A Case of You was
directed by Kat Coiro and written by Long, his brother Christian Long, and Keir
O’Donnell, who costars as Long’s roommate. By keeping their goals modest and
their movie short they may not have created something memorable, or startlingly
original, but at least they’ve given us a pleasant-enough romantic comedy. Many
bigger, more ambitious Hollywood productions of this sort haven’t come nearly
as close to that goal.