Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden
Directed by: Stephen Greene
Running time: 96 minutes
Release date: 20 July 2015
Don’t be put off by the mention of a nail gun, Accidental Love is a fun light hearted romantic comedy. Starring Jessica Biel as Alice, a waitress in a small Indiana town, she is excited to find out from her parents that her trooper boyfriend Scott, played by James Marsden, is due to propose to her. Her colleagues at the diner think that Scott is amazing and that Alice has it all. That soon begins to change when, during a romantic proposal dinner, a workman falls off his ladder. On his way down he drops his nail gun and a nail shoots out and embeds itself in Alice’s head.
Here starts a fine comedy performance as the nail presses on Alice’s brain causing her to have extremely erratic behaviour. Surgeons recommend that the nail be removed but want $150,000 for the privilege as she has no life insurance. No one in her family can raise that sort of money and with her behaviour getting worse and worse Scott breaks off the engagement.
With Alice distraught and helped by her new found friends who also have medical conditions they can’t pay for, she heads to Washington to meet Congressmen Howard Birdwell, played by Jake Gyllenhall, who has pledged to help all American people. Alice tries to convince him to introduce a health care bill with hilarious consequences, involving the American equivalent of girl guides and a man of the cloth. Alice and Howard soon realise that their feelings go beyond friendship, but will the spineless Howard stand up for Alice and what they believe in or run away afraid of betraying his senator boss.
An enjoyable and entertaining film with lots of laughs, plenty of romance and a happy ending. Accidental Love is the perfect antidote for a stressful week.
Available to buy from arrowfilms.com.