Emily drowns her sorrows at a party when she sees her ex with another woman (she eventually passes out in Oliver’s bathroom).Early on, Emily smokes cigarettes like they’re going out of style.It’s remarkable, considering all of the ways Emily and Oliver reconnect over a seven-year period, that they don’t bump into each other at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. A visit to a bar leads to double shots of Jack Daniel’s chased with beer.
Amanda Peet looks embarrassed most of the time she is on screen with him—and she’s had to work with Mathew Perry (twice! And, unfortunately, “A Lot Like Love” has a screen play riddled with so many clichés that it desperately needs all consuming chemistry from its leads, and this pairing falls extraordinarily short.“A Lot Like Love” is one of those iconic Hollywood stories of random sex that eventually flowers into an all-consuming, mutually caring love (which has never happened to me in college, but hey, this is the movies). And, lo and behold, they end up having sex in the airport bathroom.Years later she tries to quit but lapses back into bad habits. This vacuous film implies that they share something deep and meaningful when, in fact, they are selfish, immature wanderers emotionally bound by a physical intimacy in search of its own relevance. In fact, it can be almost adorable if you look like Billy Crystal.Oliver’s brother is a contented family man whose deafness is handled with great humanity, respect and gentle humor.Oliver and Emily extend an occasional kind gesture to one another.On the other hand, if one is as genetically blessed as Ashton Kutcher, the viewer expects a certain romantic suaveness, a Cary Grant-esque inclination to charm.Instead, he demonstrates a horrific capacity to remind you of when your brother was twelve and had no spatial reasoning ability.Oliver is a budding entrepreneur eager to sell diapers online.(He eventually launches a short-lived enterprise called .) The pair usually reconnect after one or the other gets dumped by a live-in lover.One can assume that Emily’s aimlessness is due in part to losing her mother at a young age, suggesting the importance of a mother’s presence in a girl’s life.Emily spontaneously pursues sex with a stranger—Oliver—in an airplane lavatory.