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  • Summary: Bill's a doormat if ever there was one, a man reduced to being a mere accessory to his family by working a dead-end job at his father-in-law's bank and arguing about his overindulgent love for chocolate with his wife, Jess, who is loathe to explain her "friendship" with the local news anchorman. But Bill's fate begins to change when he becomes a mentor to a self-assured boy who engineers Bill's recovery with the help of a cute lingerie salesgirl named Lucy (Jessica Alba). Together, the trio confronts Bill's hapless life with humor and energy while forcing him to capture his dream of being financially independent and self-confident. Meet Bill is a film about what it means to let go of your inhibitions and find the path you're destined for. (First Look Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    67
    Meet Bill is a typical storyline given new life by an overabundance of antic energy.
  2. After a promising start, this quirky comedy falls flat despite Eckhart's best efforts.
  3. For those whose idea of hilarity is an adult and a kid throwing fireworks at each other, then getting stoned and playing piggyback in the mall, this movie should be a refreshing tonic.
  4. Harnessing mostly fine actors to a wholly asinine script, the directors, Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann, have created a movie as spineless and dithering as its benighted namesake.
  5. Reviewed by: Loren Lankford
    25
    Even a hilarious turn by Kristen Wiig as the owner of a doughnut company can't save this clich├ęd, meandering story from playing like "American Beauty" lite.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    20
    It isn't any good.
  7. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    20
    Is Meet Bill the worst movie ever? Probably not, but it's certainly incoherent enough to give "Gigli" a run for its money.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. NateH.
    Jun 20, 2008
    10
    I loved and I love him as an actor. It just seemed so real.
  2. FernandoL.
    Jun 2, 2008
    10
    Not focusing on the humor, but on the almost sad story of a man that just drifted through life and didn't even realize it. No hilarity, no special moment, just a man figuring out who he is. Expand
  3. Mr.Crrey.
    Apr 8, 2008
    9
    Very Funny ! Jessica Alba is beautiful !!!
  4. Aasim
    May 11, 2008
    8
    I liked it. Shows someone going through an identity crisis in their life. Reminded me of a time when I wanted to quit my job. Shows a parallel of how you realize money doesn't matter and your life is spinning out of your control and how you need to take control again by letting go of all the things you currently do in life. Expand
  5. JayH.
    Jul 7, 2008
    6
    Likable, offbeat with appealing performances by Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba and Logan Lerman. The film works for the most part, but not entirely. It does go the extreme one too many times. The cast pulls it through though. Expand
  6. ChadS.
    Jul 31, 2008
    5
    The kid(Logan Lerman) is like Ferris Bueller with training wheels. He's ready to rule the school after his tutelage under Bill(Aaron Eckhart) comes to a close. Mentoring this prep school loner makes Bill's midlife crisis bearable; the same can be said for this sloppily written, but intermittingly entertaining film about the foibles of being priviledged(those guys, again?). Highlighted by Bill's secret filming of his wife having sex with a smarmy newsman that winds up on the internet, the corrosive marriage in "Meet Bill" somehow manages to correct itself against all logic. After all, Jess(Elizabeth Banks) is an accidental porn star. But "Meet Bill" shies away from the undue notoriety of being XXX on the www. Jess should be plotting revenge against her husband instead of helping him acquire a doughnut franchise. The couple simply moves on, but their reconciliation comes too easily, you would think. Jess' affair was recorded for posterity. In essence, "Meet Bill" presents the existence of a sex tape, then forgets to dramatize how its participants dealt with the fallout. The fallout is minimized, too. Dad's bid to be mayor proceeds without a hitch, and most egregious of all, Jess is never confronted by her friends and relatives about her online fame. Expand
  7. JesterM
    Jul 23, 2008
    0
    In case you were wondering this is the movie where Eckhart doesn't get half his face blown off!

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