By the end of 2012, Lizzy Caplan will have starred in two movies where she plays a woman resistant to the idea of binding yourself to someone in holy matrimony. But unlike her Bachelorette character who’s neurotically anti-marriage and pro-drugs, Lizzy’s role in Save the Date looks much less like a caricature and much more like a thoughtful representation of many women in their mid-twenties who are unsure about love and commitment. It’s already gotten rave reviews at Sundance calling this Lizzy’s breakout role, and now we finally get a trailer!
But first, here’s the official synopsis:
After an ill-timed and very public marriage proposal, fiercely independent Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend). Sarah turns to her sister Beth (Alison Brie) for support, but Beth is too busy obsessing over the details of her own wedding to Kevin’s band mate, Andrew (Martin Starr). When Sarah suddenly finds herself caught up in an intense rebound romance with the adorable Jonathan (Mark Webber), she is forced to examine her own fears of commitment and vulnerability. With honesty, heart, and humor, all five struggle to deal with modern love.
I’ve already watched the trailer twice, and there’s so much that interests me. Like I said, Lizzy’s character Sarah is not trying to push Kevin away out of some contrived neurosis, but because she’s genuinely scared at the idea of marrying him and disgusted by his public proposal. Her romance with Jonathan looks sweet, but there’s the ominous feeling that as good as he is for her, he’ll wind up being just a rebound. One of the major points that IndieWire hit in their review was how often in rom-coms you need to have one guy who’s clearly the hero and one who’s so villainous you can’t imagine why the girl would stay with him. But neither Jonathan nor Kevin are bad guys! They just have their own insecurities and make bad decisions. You know, like every normal person who’s ever gotten their heart broken.
But perhaps the relationship I’m most looking forward to in Save the Date is Lizzy and Alison as sisters. In The Five-Year Engagement Alison played kinda cutesy, but here she’s much more straightforward and snarky. You completely buy the two of them as confidantes who nonetheless have polarizing views on love and marriage yet still try to support one another in their romantic lives.
If you like what you see, you’ll be able to catch Save the Date on OnDemand November 8th, and in theaters December 14th.
Photo: IFC Films