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Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Logan Lerman, Timothy Olyphant ... see more see more... , Kristen Wiig , Marisa Coughlan

A henpecked husband locked in a dead-end job attempts to reclaim his life with a little help from a self-assured teen and a pretty lingerie sales girl in this bittersweet romantic comedy starring Aaro... read more read more...n Eckhart, Elizabeth Banks, and Jessica Alba. Bill (Eckhart) is a walking doormat; his in-laws look down their noses at him, his wife, Jess (Banks), neglects him, and his love for chocolate is beginning to affect his waistline. When Bill discovers that Jess has recently struck up a "friendship" with hotshot local reporter Chip Johnson (Timothy Olyphant) that she can't quite explain, his fears that his wife may have strayed are quickly confirmed. One day, a group of kids from the mentor program show up at the bank Bill works at, and one particularly insightful boy (Logan Lerman) recognizes that all is not well with the hapless husband and banker. Convinced that all Bill needs to win his wife back and reclaim his life is a healthy shot of self-esteem, the quick-thinking teen teams with a perky lingerie sales girl named Lucy (Alba) to confront Bill's problems with humor and energy. In the process, Bill not only begins to break free from the inhibitions that have prevented him from achieving success in both his personal and professional lives, but also begins to realize his dreams of being financially independent and self-confident. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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R, 1 hr. 37 min.

Directed by: Melisa Wallack

Release Date: April 4, 2008

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DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008


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  • July 22, 2011
    Bill: They hate that I'm working at their bank. I hate that I'm working at their bank. 

    Meet Bill is a perfect example that an exemplary cast can't hold up a movie that is without good material. The cast is great: Aaron Eckart, Elizabeth Banks, Timothy Olyphant, Holmes Osborne, ... read moreKristen Wiig, Jessica Alba, and Logan Lerman. The story, however, is extremely dull. 

    The story is about Bill. A man who's addicted to sugar, works at a bank with his in-laws, and has a wife that cheats on him with the local news guy. Bill then takes up mentoring a student and starts to try to find himself. His search is pretty boring. The movie wants to be insightful and funny, but it just comes off as a dull and unfunny comedy with no redeeming qualities; that will be forgotten twenty minutes after watching it.

    I honestly thought I would like this. I'm an Aaron Eckart fan. I've loved several of his movies. From Thank You For Smoking to The Dark Knight. From Conversations with Other Women(Extremely Underrated) to Rabbit Hole. He normally plays characters that are interesting. Here he plays a character that is extremely, ummm.... uninteresting and extremely boring. 

    Meet Bill is not funny enough to be a good comedy and not dramatic enough to be a good drama. It's just a piece of garbage. Once you throw it away, you forget about it.
  • December 6, 2009
    Pleasant enough age crisis comedy that veers off course but Aaron Eckhart is good in the lead and keeps it on track as much as possible.
  • November 21, 2009
    Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Aaron Eckhart

    A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen.

    Great comedy. Really liked this movie a lot. I was laughing one mom... read moreent and then cringing in embarrassment for Aaron Eckhart's character Bill another moment. Just some really awkward moments that make you wanna laugh but then feel sorry for the guy. Logan Lerman was great in this movie. Liked his sarcastic comments and if not for his performance, I feel Jessica Alba's would have been forgetful. Logan definitely stills her spotlight. Aaron Eckhart was great. I loved his acting in this movie. He was hilarious.
  • June 14, 2009
    Hmm.. it was okay...not great, but okay. I could have done without the drug stuff, and the ending was a little too up in the air, but it had it's moments. Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Banks are both very good. I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to go out of their way to see it, tho... read moreugh.
  • December 1, 2008
    Timothy Olyphant and Jessica Alba could've easily ruined this movie for me, but they were surprisingly tolerable. Olyphant played the only believable role he ever plays -- a douchebag. That Logan Lerman kid, however, reminds me of the kid in Charlie Bartlett and should be in more... read more movies.

    And the music was pretty cool. As was Eckhart.
  • August 29, 2008
    I laughed, I cringed. It's like American Beauty got turned into a comedy, but without the brain splattering. Aaron Eckhart is my new hero. I really enjoyed it, but near the end it had some over exaggerated drug scenes and some 'moral of the story' elements.
  • August 1, 2008
    The movie has no point its just a wannabe comedy-self improving rich guy with a slut wife that just wants to follow his dream. A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen
  • May 20, 2008
    Aaron Eckhart's performance is the only thing that kept this film intact until the end. He plays Bill, a down-and-out 30 something guy who works for the father of his wife. He reluctantly takes a kid under his wing and be his mentor.

    He was supposed to teach the kid about lif... read moree and all that comes along with it, instead the kid taught Bill that life is more than a good desk job and a bar of Snickers.

    A solid performance by Aaron Eckhart. He was funny, outrageous, comedic, unbelievable, awkward, silly whatever you call him, he was pretty impressive.

    I don't know about the remaining actors though. Jessica Alba barely spoke in the entire film and her role was downright useless. Its a damn shame.

  • January 21, 2009
    I hated this movie. NOT a fan of Aaron Eckhart or Elizabeth Banks.
  • July 7, 2008
    Midlife crisis dramedy has few laughs, not very likeable characters, and no real drive.

Critic Reviews

Mark Olsen
June 13, 2008
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

The story of a man (Aaron Eckhart) grappling with middle-age ennui at work and at home feels done to death, as does the distracting addition of a spunky rich-kid high schooler. Full Review

Julia Wallace
June 12, 2008
Julia Wallace, L.A. Weekly

It tries hard to mimic the arch tone of the best suburban tragicomedies (American Beauty, et al.), but a surfeit of stock characters, double-wide plot holes and heavy-handed symbolism ruins the effect. Full Review

Richard Roeper
May 12, 2008
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

This movie never should have seen the light of day.

Jeannette Catsoulis
May 9, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Male midlife crisis presents as pathological self-loathing in Meet Bill, an imperative to which the only sane response is: No thanks.

Loren Lankford
May 7, 2008
Loren Lankford, Entertainment Weekly

Even a hilarious turn by Kristen Wiig as the owner of a doughnut company can't save this clichéd, meandering story from playing like American Beauty lite. Full Review

Colin Covert
April 3, 2008
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Meet Bill misfires on multiple levels, but its foremost mistake is focusing on a sad-sack underachiever. Bill doesn't believe in himself, so why should we? Full Review

Michael Rechtshaffen
September 17, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

When all is said and done, Bill is let down by Bill.

Eddie Cockrell
September 14, 2007
Eddie Cockrell, Variety

Husband-and-wife helmers Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann make all the wrong choices, from the grimacing they've encouraged their large (and largely wasted) cast to indulge in, to the musical riffs ... Full Review

Andrew L. Urban
January 23, 2009
Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile

Discovering your real self is the theme of Meet Bill, in which Bill has to work hard to finally meet himself Full Review

David Cornelius
July 28, 2008
David Cornelius,

Not even a solid performance can keep the script's problems at bay. Full Review

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