Apartment 12 Release Date: 2001 Genre: Comedy | Romance Director(s): Dan Bootzin Writer(s): Dan Bootzin & Elizabeth Rivera Bootzin Starring: Mark Ruffalo,Beth Ulrich and Alan Gelfant Apartment 12 is another romantic comedy that isn’t funny. It sat on the shelf under the title Life/Drawing for a couple years before MTI decided to bank on the […]

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Apartment 12
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Director(s): Dan Bootzin
Writer(s): Dan Bootzin & Elizabeth Rivera Bootzin
Starring: Mark Ruffalo,Beth Ulrich and Alan Gelfant

Apartment 12 is another romantic comedy that isn’t funny. It sat on the shelf under the title Life/Drawing for a couple years before MTI decided to bank on the ‘kind of, sort of, but not really’ star power of Mark Ruffalo, probably best known nowadays for his supporting role in The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Now it’s out on video, and as a whole, the whole experience was just underwhelming.

Jumping at the gun a tad bit prematurely, artist Alex quits his job as a pizza deliverer upon learning that he’s finally found an art gallery that is willing to give him a one-man show. Once he’s promptly told that there will be no show, on the account of his art having no “soul,” he seeks solace in his girlfriend. She, of course, has rudely dumped him by changing the locks on their apartment and leaving his stuff in a box. Broke and unhappy, Alex moves into a shoddy apartment complex that is jam-packed with eccentric characters, including a tomboy that he starts a relationship with. But Alex’s tendency to be unsure in his decisions come back to nearly destroy the bond they form.

Other than the writing and cinematography, there’s not much explicitly wrong with Apartment 12. But for me, a romantic comedy needs comedy. Without comedy, the romance needs to be exceptionally strong and gripping for the movie to connect with me on any level. As I said before, there’s very little hilarity to be had in Apartment 12, and the romance, while far from typical stuff, is still fairly routine.

All in all, Apartment 12 is another bland movie with nothing more than a badly Photoshopped artwork campaign to support it.
DVD: A sixteen-minute interview with Ruffalo.

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