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“I Do… Until I Don’t” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

Ed Helms and Lake Bell in I Do...Until I Don'tI Do… Until I Don’t (2017; Lake Bell)

GRADE: C-

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.