There's a disturbing new trend beginning to sprout up when it comes to the romantic comedies being released in early 2011, and if you're planning on spending Valentine's Day at the movies with your significant other, then expect to walk out with a few extra things to think about, like whether monogamy is for suckers. For some reason, Hollywood decided to explore the casual, non-committal relationship by shoveling out not one, not two, but three films about people who just want to have fun without, ya know, the whole feelings thing.
One film (Friends with Benefits) stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two friends who decide to start sleeping with each other without entering a relationship, while another (No Strings Attached) stars Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman as a pair of best friends who shack up without putting a label on it. (As a side note, Kunis and Portman also hook up in Black Swan, so if you watch all three of these films together you'd have yourself a little movie orgy.)
Fine, you're cool with single people doing crazy things because they're single and, um, single people are allowed to do crazy things like have tons of sex and not be in a relationship. But then comes Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson (in a film from the Farrelly Bros.), which is a comedy about a married couple who actually give each other one week off to do whatever they like with whomever they like without consequences. Or what about Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler as a guy who coerces his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) into pretending they used to be married so that he can cover up a lie and bag a much younger (and more attractive) woman?
Is it me, or is Hollywood trying to tell us that relationships are overrated? And if so, is it okay for us to tell Hollywood that Adam Sandler is overrated?