The Romantics

Synopsis: Friends and family convene at a beach house for the wedding of Lila and Tom. But things don't go swimmingly, mainly because of one thing that Lila and her maid of honor, Laura, have in common - Tom, the groom. Laura and Tom were an item before Lila came along and nobody seems able to forget that. With very few successful marriages to look up to, and friends that she's not sure she can trust, will Lila be able to go through with the wedding?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Galt Niederhoffer
Production: Benaroya Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

That's Laura's car.

- Laura!

- You lost?

- Hi, sweetie!

- Yeah. How do I get back to New York?

- Hey. Still driving the booger.

- Don't move. I'm getting in.

- Nice car, sweetie.

- Sweetheart...

- Trip... no, no.

- It's OK, I got it.

I got it, I got it.

Don't fall!

Hi, mama!

Oh, my God!

Had to get out of there.

Desperate situation.

All right. Truth.

Have I gotten obese?

Tell me the truth.

- Are we gonna start that already?

- Just tell me the truth.

- You can't lie for shit.

- You look revolting, head to toe.

Good. 'Cause you've never

looked worse in your life.

Oh, babe.


You always know what to say.

I think this occasion

calls for a drink.

Yeah. Yeah, a couple.

- Go. Go.

- Wanna race?

I'll race you.

Tom, man.

The guy just keeps winning.

Honey, you didn't do so bad.

Sweetie... Sweetie, the day we met

was the best day of my life.

It was nighttime, honey.

It was 2:
00am, September 20th, 1 999

is what it was.

I believe we were

at the Yankee Doodle.

And I asked if I could

borrow your ketchup.

And I saw that you already

had a bottle on your table.

I know. It was a bold-faced lie,

but I was desperate to meet you.

When are you ladies

gonna get married already?

- October?

- May... be October.

Maybe October.

- You're here!

- We're here!


How's my hair?

- Revolting.

- Makeup?

- Trashy.

- Clothes?

Tacky choice.

- You look beautiful.

- Thank you.

All right, all right, all right,

we'll have enough time tonight

to kiss your butt

at the rehearsal dinner.

- Lo.

- Li.

- Weez.

- Trip.



Lila Hayes is...

...not my friend.

Lila Hayes is my sister.

Lila and I have shared many things:

Rooms, clothes,

study notes, boyfriends...

Lila Hayes is...

...the luckiest girl in the world.

She has..., intelligence,

a killer backhand,

boobs I would kill for.

She's graced with all of these things.

And she's brought us

all here tonight... celebrate...

...her greatest accomplishment...

Trip, I'm standing right here.

It's perfume.

Can you just try not

to spray it in my nose?

I am so screwed for my toast.

I haven't written a thing.

You always say that and

then you give the best one.

You have an unfair advantage,

Miss Published Writer.

But, tonight you've got competition.

Your signature rhyming ode?

Damn right.

Guaranteed to bring down the house.


Hey, you OK?

Why does everyone

keep asking me that?

Can I borrow...?

Yeah, I wonder why people

keep asking you that.

I'm sorry. It was just...

- ...a really long drive.

- Cut the bullshit, Lo.

When was the last time you saw him?

- Saw who?

- Tom.

When was the last time you saw Tom?

- I don't know.

- You don't know?

- You dated the man for four years.

- Five.

- Five.

- But you guys have stayed close.

Yeah, we are. I mean, we were.

Well, when?

Honestly, I don't remember.

- Before he proposed?

- Around then, I guess.

You guess?

Fine, it was the day before.

That's sweet.

He called to tell you first?


- But you spoke with him?

- Yeah.

- Trip, just back off.

- So you knew before Lila?

- Actually, he didn't mention it.

- He didn't mention it?

So when did you hear?

When Lila called to ask me

to be her maid of honor.

And then?

And then... nothing.


No. We haven't spoken since.


Guys, I'm fine. Really.

Really. I couldn't be happier for them.


Thank you.

Let's go, ladies.

- There you are!

- Hey.

- Well, are you coming?

- It's just...

Well? You know I can't

do this without you.

Of course I'm coming.


Guys, we all look good.

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Galt Niederhoffer

Galt Niederhoffer (born October 2, 1976) is an American producer, director and novelist. She has produced over thirty feature films. Her movie credits as a producer include: Infinitely Polar Bear (2013); Robot & Frank (2012), winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance; Grace Is Gone (2006), winner of the Audience Award and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance; Lonesome Jim (2005), nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance; Prozac Nation (2001)(of which she was also the screenwriter), an adaptation of the best-selling novel; and Hurricane Streets (1997), winner of the awards for Audience, Best Director and Best Cinematography at Sundance (the first feature film to win three awards at the festival).She has written three published novels. Her first novel, A Taxonomy of Barnacles (2005), about the love and rivalry of six sisters, was loosely based on her family, including her father, the idiosyncratic and highly acclaimed squash champion, economist and hedge fund manager Victor Niederhoffer, and her five sisters. The book's surprise ending was mirrored in real life when her father had a seventh child, a son, a year after the book came out. A movie adaptation of the novel is said to be in production. Her second novel, The Romantics (2008), about college classmates who get together for a wedding six years after graduation, where they compare their meager progress towards life's important goals and rekindle previous rivalries. Niederhoffer adapted The Romantics into a movie in 2010, which she also directed. The movies starred Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Malin Akerman, Josh Duhamel, Adam Brody, Jeremy Strong and Elijah Wood. Her third novel, Love and Happiness, about a married couple whose seemingly idyllic lives in Brownstone Brooklyn has become mundane, was released in September 2013. Niederhoffer attended The Chapin School, Milton Academy and Harvard University. more…

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