Someone Like You

A so-so romantic comedy about people working on a TV talk show in Manhattan, simultaneously enlivened and made hard to take by the cast. The problem, at least for me, is that the leads (Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman, and Greg Kinnear) are so busy being cute that sometimes they forget to act like human beings, while the secondary female cast is treated rather cruelly, presumably for not being as cute as the leads. These are common (albeit creepy) limitations of silly Hollywood comedies of this kind, and if you haven’t minded them elsewhere you probably won’t object to them here. Adapted by Elizabeth Chandler from Laura Zigman’s novel Animal Husbandry and directed by Tony Goldwyn (A Walk on the Moon); with Marisa Tomei and Ellen Barkin. 97 min. (JR)

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