I Do… Until I Don’t
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 romantic comedy. The plot revolves around three utterly revolting couples—Bell and Ed Helms as a childless duo who have lost the spark; Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser as her parents, hostile and hurtling towards divorce; and 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, but none of them compares to Dolly Wells as Vivian, a determined 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 plays like a succession of bullet-point clichés about love and sex and marriage that no one ever bothered to develop, connect together or base in any kind of reality.