Rating: not yet rated
Runtime: 98 minutes
In select theaters: June 2012 (see below)
2.5 stars out of 5
6 Month Rule is written and directed by Blayne Weaver (Weather Girl), who also plays the lead character, Tyler. Tyler has a certain philosophy on women: anyone can get over any woman in six months or less, regardless of how serious the relationship was. The film starts out with a montage of Tyler breaking up with various women, who are obviously more crushed than he is that their relationships are ending.
Soon, however, he meets Sophie (Natalie Morales, Going the Distance), an artist, and becomes extremely attached to her. She’s “sorta” dating a musician, however (Patrick J. Adams, TV’s Suits), as she puts it, but Tyler doesn’t let this deter him.
At the same time, Tyler’s best friend, Alan (Martin Starr, Adventureland), has just been dumped by his fiance (Jaime Pressley, TV’s My Name is Earl), and also found out that she had been cheating on him. Tyler tries get Alan to embrace the “six month rule,” but Alan just really wants to find a girl to settle down with. What Tyler is about to find out, though, is that the “six month rule” can’t be applied to all women, as he soon falls head over heels for Sophie.
This movie was pretty slow, but there are also a lot of good things to say about it. Sophie and Tyler have great chemistry together, and there are a few laughs throughout as well. I had never heard of Blayne Weaver before this, but he produced, directed, and starred in the film, which was impressive. The cast as a whole works well together too.
What really intrigued me about this movie was the ending, as it definitely strayed from the typical “rom-com” cliche. I read another review of this film where the reviewer said that “6 Month Rule is surprisingly formulaic for the first two acts, but then the final act surprisingly defies all conventional Hollywood rom-com/buddy movie tropes,” and I have to agree. In a weird way, Tyler gets his “just desserts,” but the movie also adds another scene before it ends, and manages to end on a positive note. I was more than a little surprised by the ending, but overall it does mesh well with the film as a whole; I think that audiences will find that the ending will surprise them as well when the movie arrives in theaters in June, and it will be interesting to see their reactions to it.
6 Month Rule will be released nationwide beginning June 1 in NYC and June 8 in L.A., with more cities being added in the weeks afterwards. It will be released on Video-on-Demand (VOD) in July.