Unforgettable tells the story of a jealous ex who becomes jealous when their ex hooks up with the Nick Fury of the Defenders universe. It stars Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults and Whitney Cummings and is the directorial debut of Denise Di Novi.
My Thoughts On The Characters And Story
Sorry for those who had been counting down the days until the release of Unforgettable for it does not live up to its name at all. There are certain films I like to refer to as “yacht movies” wherein those involved are solely in it for that pay cheque that will go toward purchasing that trillion-dollar yacht they’ve been saving up for. Kevin Spacey had Nine Lives, Alec Baldwin must have had a heyday with The Boss Baby and the stupendous Rosario Dawson has this rejected Lifetime flick – actually, I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a rejected Lifetime movie because I’ve seen my fair share of LT and those are genuinely insufferable. I laughed a few times throughout Unforgettable which was a nice experience.
Honestly, my biggest issue with this film is that nothing happens. If you’re planning on making a wild ride that has adultery, domestic abuse and child endangerment, you make that shit INSANE! If the filmmakers of this film were looking to focus on a character-driven piece filled with subtext and engaging dialogue, they have come to wrong place.
Remember the Beyonce film, Obsessed which followed a similar concept that starred Ali Larter and Idris Elba for some reason? As that film progressed, so did the insanity. It got to the point where Ali Larter’s character stopped giving a fuck and Beyonce uttered her infamous, “you think you crazy? I’ll show you crazy.” Most of the progression of events in Unforgettable take place in a dark room with Heigl diddling herself while insufferably typing on a fake Facebook chat. So much drama! Dawson’s performance was mesmerizing and I hated that her talent was just wasted on this… Hey man, a girl’s gotta have a yacht. I can’t even hate too hard.
I don’t understand how Heigl’s character was seemingly sharp enough to execute even half of the hijinks that occurs yet SPOILERS is too fucking dumb to remove the ring that will literally put Dawson away! After all this precious time was spent withering away on a fake Facebook account and all that other bullshit, you forgot to hide that ring under your pillow?!? This bitch deserved everything that happened to her END SPOILER
How Were The Other Aspects Of ‘Unforgettable’?
Looking through director Di Novi’s filmography, she has been producer on numerous films that I adore. These include Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, the 1994 remake of Little Women, James And The Giant Peach, Original Sin, A Walk To Remember and her very first credit as producer is the 1988 classic, Heathers. To be fair, her name is included as a producer for Catwoman and If I Stay but damn it, her producing skills are out of this world! I understand the differences between being a producer/director however I didn’t realize just how vast the worlds apart could be. There are so many wasted opportunities with Unforgettable, it really could have been an intriguing mix of Fatal Attraction (the movie all these kinds of films attempt to emulate and fail horribly at) and Heathers.
Everything else was relatively predictable, although (as mentioned) there are certain moments that will have you genuinely laughing aloud at the lines these actors had to say. There was a use of “YOLO” uttered about six years too late and Heigl had to say with a straight face something to the extent of: “I could get a job… I have a degree, you know.”
If you’re looking for a funny and insane flick to watch with your group of friends one weekend, check out 2009’s Obsessed. When that one’s finished, pop in Unforgettable.
Unforgettable receives 1/5 Matt Damon heads.