Key to the success of any movie about a romance is a sense of concern for the fates of the characters. Filmmakers should encourage us to cheer on a budding relationship or feel pain when it doesn't work out. Therein lies the problem with 28 Hotel Rooms, the debut feature-length film written and directed by erstwhile actor Matt Ross (American Psycho, Big Love). Try as Chris Messina and Marin Ireland do to give a sense of why exactly their characters are so attracted to each other that they risk the security of their relationships to meet in the titular spaces to drink, eat, chat and fuck, Ross woefully underwrites their roles. What deep connection they apparently make over years of adulterous liaisons is never really expressed or proven. Don't be surprised if by the 10th hotel room, you're ready to check out.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
- Critic's Score: D
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