|Successful architect Doug Llewellyn has recently hit the forty mark.
He is bored with his job, bored with women, and bored with his
playboy ways. He meets Rosie Kilgannon at a week-long family wedding,
and suddenly he is no longer bored. Now itís my turn.
At thirty-five, Rosie is much older than Dougís usual fling. Still,
her spontaneity and impulsiveness win him over. She reciprocates his
interest, and Doug and Rosie quickly fall in like and lust with each
other. This would be a good thing if romantic tension were maintained
by other means. Unfortunately, Rosie and Doug donít have much else
keeping them apart, so there isnít much conflict. When a tiny
intimation of one crops up close to the end, it is so forced and
contrived, it should have been omitted.
What conflict there is comes from the non-romance plot and
specifically from the goals Doug and Rosie set themselves: straighten
out this mess of a wedding. They immediately see that the bride isnít
in love with the groom. They also know that Lili-bethís mother is
too preoccupied with pulling off the social event of the decade to
notice. The fact that Bettie is pursuing other interests and has her
own marital problems doesnít help. So Doug and Rosie happily step in.
They quickly sense that the brideís childhood friend is in love with
her, but is much too wet behind his ears to tell her. In fact,
Delwood has volunteered to be the best man to help her out. Heís also
offered to trap squirrels and drop them off at an animal shelter so
that they wonít be decimated with B-B guns. I get the friendly
spirit; I get the sensitive soul; but I donít get why he dresses up
in a goofy outfit. If he wants to protect himself from rabies, then
maybe he should have re-thought his concern for the furry creaturesí
plight. Dullwood, as he should have been named, is one knight in
shining armor who needs all the help he can get.
Not that I cared. Given that both he and his beloved are blander than
plain yogurt, neither get much sympathy from me. I quickly lost all
interest in their story. The groomís behavior doesn't help. Itís so
glaringly suspicious he is practically wandering around with a giant
ďbad guyĒ sign above his head. This makes it hard to credit Rosie and
Doug with profound insights into human nature and even harder to warm
to Bettieís problems.
Everybody comes from wealthy families of illustrious ancestry. Iím all
for a bit of escapism into the lives of the rich and famous, but
donít expect me to sympathize with their petty non-problems. Doug and
Rosieís playful banter managed to tug an occasional smile on my lips,
but not enough for me to hike up my rating. There simply isnít enough
plot, character development or wit to join the happy chorus and give
Everythingís Coming up Rosie passing marks.