(R, 1:33:16, Released 2007)
|Release Date:||Apr 4, 2008|
|DVD Release Date:||Jul 15, 2008|
|Starring:||Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Logan Lerman, Timothy Olyphant, Marisa Coughlan, Kristen Wiig|
|Directed by:||Melisa Wallack|
|Synopsis:||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 Aaron 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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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, Kristen 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 moment 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, though.
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 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 life 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.
January 16, 2010
It was an enjoyable, fun watch.
September 1, 2008
Hmmm. I rated this before. Oh well. An interesting movie. Good story plot about a man who doesn't wish to settle for less of life but to be more in control of it. Good music. Timothy Olyphant is hilarious. Aaron Eckhart is great. Definitely worthy.
August 25, 2008
Definitely, it was Aaron Eckhart who carried the movie all way through, after all he plays the title role. There's nothing really much to rave about it, though some scenes were funny, I just thought that the story was too stretched out. There wasn't much material to work with. It was rather a bit disappointing to see a good actor such as Eckhart in something that probably is just tv-movie material.
July 24, 2008
Funny enough, but not funny enough to recommend
December 6, 2012
Eckhart was a bit ridiculous in this one, but it was entertaining to watch his character change throughout the movie. The ending was pretty realistic without the feel good conclusion that most of these movies have and I liked that.
September 28, 2012
The first half of this really wasn't funny at all. The second half was much better, though still not great by any means. I would classify this as somewhat of a dark comedy.
April 20, 2012
I did not enjoy this movie. It had about one minor funny moment in the whole movie. Not watchable. Skip if possible.
fb677587177December 24, 2011
I've read a lot of bad reviews of this movie, and I'm really not sure why. While it doesn't really go anywhere, I thought it was quirky, fun and lighthearted. Not everything needs to make a major point to be good, and this is a great example of that.
July 7, 2011
Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Alba and Sarah Howard's looks are the reasons I kept watching. How did this film get made?
March 20, 2011
I think what I liked about this film was Bill's frank resentment of his life and the simple awkwardness of everyday interaction.
November 9, 2009
A middle-aged man in a suburban neighborhood starts to get bored with his life and the way people step on him; he even tolerates his wife cheating on him repeatedly. Soon, he befriends a young boy, begins exercising, smokes some weed, and realizes that he doesn't need this life. So begins American Beauty. ...I mean, Meet Bill. Why have Jessica Alba in your film if you only use her for 10 minutes? To get poor suckers such as myself to watch it. At least Elizabeth Banks doesn't disappoint. The relationship between Bill and his cheating wife seems too contrived to keep things moving. And the similarities to American Beauty are too great to ignore. But again, if you like Elizabeth Banks, WATCH THIS FILM.
September 25, 2009
Aaron Eckhart how could you? Timothy Olyphant how could you? Logan Lerman how could you? I get what the director was trying to do with this flick but casting Aaron Eckhart as the sad sack main character was a big mistake! With a character like BILL you have to have an actor like Steve Carrel or luke wilson or just a plain old comedic actor for the movie to work...So to ME it just fails.
Nice try Director.
June 5, 2009
It has some really funny moments to it. Not as funny as Thank You For Smoking but the humor is along the same lines.
March 14, 2009
Suprisingly good. Bill is going through a mid-life crisis, so he makes some big changes in his life & becomes happier, more fun, and generally a cooler person. It is better than I made it sound!!
There are a few REALLY funny moments! I was dying of laughter!!
December 17, 2008
Presenting Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Banks, and Jessica Alba, each one just a pretty as ever, but with a great performance from the pretty male lead. Worth a rent!