Sam is a New York City writer with no inspiration, who mechanically writes novelizations for movies aimed at teen audiences. Nevertheless, he aspires to be a serious writer, and wants to write the great novel of his life, tough he struggles with a lack of inspiration very hard to overcome. When he meets Birdie, a girl that works in a coffee shop close to his home, he suddenly becomes captivated by her astoundingly free and quasi-hippie urban charm. Coming up with a plan to win her heart and affection, Eliot, Sam’s roommate, suggests him to visit her Facebook profile, to discover all the things she likes, and work from there.
Following his friend’s advice, he starts to visit her Facebook profile regularly, and involves himself in all the things she’s interested in, like climbing, martial arts, guitar lessons, dance classes and many more. One day, after seeing on her Facebook that she will attend an event at a performance art club, he accidentally fakes a meeting by chance with Birdie, and they start a very cozy conversation. After both discover the many things they have “in common”, a friendship develops, and very gradually, they become close. Nonetheless, he vehemently continues the ritual to constantly visit her Social Media, and gets more and more involved in her many interests.
Unlike the vast majority of modern movies, who tend to ignore it, Social Media plays a very important part in the plot devices, although always subjectively, exploring how people can easily connect to one another in the web. A great cast of actors and actresses play little parts in the movie as well, like Brendan Fraser, Sam Rockwell, Sienna Miller and Vince Vaughn.
Although some things in this movie are really implausible in real life circumstances – a man would hardly learn how to climb, take martial art classes, read poetry or learn how to become a master in French cuisine to please a woman [well, primarily, because it will be necessary to quit his job to have the time, and also own a very decent bank account to pay for all this] – all these plot arrangements are reasonably combined and structured brightly together, working really well in a very appealing, funny and sensitive story, that will make you laugh hysterically, and cry deeply, all at the same time. And when the movie is over, you will be dying to see it again! Surprisingly, the movie was not well received by critics and the public alike, receiving generally very unfavorable reviews in movie websites.
Regardless, this movie really deserves five stars! Even more, so to speak! As long as I can remember, I have never seen such an excellent and wonderful romantic comedy, although I could be labeled a partner in crime here, since I really love Evan Rachel Wood, and Justin Long, for both have the ability to portray real life characters with really difficult problems in such a light, serene and easy mood, without being shallow or artificial! They are so profound and cool at the same time, that, for the first time in my life, I wished a movie to have a sequence! Oh, for sure, this movie would certainly deserve one. Check it out, you will not regret!