“The Lost City”
Metacritic (7/10), Rotten Tomatoes (***+)
While borrowing extensively from the hit romantic comedy “Romancing the Stone” (1984), this light, fluffy, inoffensive romcom about the adventures of a kidnapped nerdy romance novelist and the dashing book cover model who goes in search of rescuing her effectively tickles the funny bone while delivering a hefty helping of sweet moments and reflections on the loneliness of being single. The undeniable chemistry between leads Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum is quite delightful, backed up by the fine supporting performance by Brad Pitt in yet another superbly daffy comedic role, a palette of gorgeous exotic locations and a nicely assembled soundtrack. The pacing admittedly sags somewhat in the middle, becoming a little too talky with conversations that don’t exactly add a lot, but the film’s strong suits contribute much to Adam and Aaron Nee’s third feature outing, a terrific date night movie or a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon at the show.