Say what you want about Garden State (and we’ve devoted plenty of copy to loving it initially, falling out of love with it, and then defending it against the massive backlash) but at least the damn movie wasn’t What Happens in Vegas. Braff had a style — it wasn’t a particularly original one, and it slapped you in the face with quirk, but at least it was a style.
But now the man is moving on to write, star, and direct in a romantic comedy that sounds as studio as it gets. I mean: It stars Cameron Diaz, for God’s sake. And it’s called Swingles. Swingles! That’s like Swingers and a can of Pringles, right?
Here’s the logline: It “centers on a bachelor who is dumped by his wingman and teams up with a sharp-tongued woman he can’t stand in order to meet singles.” Barf. It sounds like every other forgettable studio romantic comedy. I’d offer examples, but I’ve forgotten them all.
And Braff quit “Scrubs” for this? Swingles. He should’ve ruined Fletch when he had the chance.