By Daniel Barnes
*Opens Friday, September 1.
Oh, wow, no.
Writer/director/producer/lead actress Lake Bell follows up her underwhelming but affable 2013 debut In a World… with this shockingly unfunny film.
The embarrassing ensemble comedy I Do…Until I Don’t revolves around three utterly revolting couples. First, Bell and Ed Helms as a childless duo who have lost the spark. Next, Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser as her parents, hostile and hurtling towards divorce. Finally, Amber Heard and Wyatt Cenac as self-identified swingers coming to terms with their monogamy.
They’re all distinctly unlikable characters with the shrill performances to match. However, none of them compares to Dolly Wells as Vivian, a documentary filmmaker who manipulates the couples to prove a point about abolishing marriage.
Right down to that insipid, cutesy-poo title, I Do…Until I Don’t feels like a succession of bullet-point cliches about love and sex and marriage that no one ever bothered to develop, connect together or base in any kind of reality.