We’ll Never Have Paris

We’ll Never Have Paris
  • 2014
  • 1h 35min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Simon Helberg/Jocelyn Towne
  • Written by: Simon Helberg
  • Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Geoffrey Cantor, Andrew Hunt Gordon

When Quinn (Helberg) bungles a proposal to long-term girlfriend Devon (Lynskey), she goes to Paris to get some space, and he follows her. Quinn is such a grotesquely insensitive and prejudiced git that despite Lynskey's warm performance, Devon seems like a fool for tolerating him. Helberg's manic overplaying doesn't help.

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Based on a true story – unfortunately.

Simon Helberg wrote and stars in this eccentric and charming romantic comedy. Together with his wife Jocelyn Towne, the Big Bang Theory star also directed the film, which draws on the true story of how, in their case, the course of true love definitely did not run smooth. Helberg plays Quinn, a neurotically insecure, hypochondriac jazz pianist whose optometrist father (Alfred Molina) diagnoses him with a minor eye condition. Mistaking it for something more serious, Kelsey (Maggie Grace), a beautiful former model who is Quinn's colleague at the flower shop where he works, confesses that she is in love with him. Her avowal comes at an unsettling time for the perpetually nervous Quinn, since he’s planning to pop the question to his long-time girlfriend, Devon (a hilariously deadpan Melanie Lynskey). With Kelsey';s hard-to-ignore attentions preying on his mind, Quinn makes a shambles of his proposal to Devon; instead of getting hitched, the two break up. Though now free to explore the delights of lust with Kelsey, and despite the encouragement of his best friend (Zachary Quinto) to enjoy a prolonged bachelorhood, Quinn decides it's only Devon he wants. Finding she's gone to Paris on her own journey of self-discovery, Quinn sets off to win her back. This brisk and very personal film boasts delightful performances from the whole cast. The dialogue is unusually smart and witty, and smooth direction sets everything off perfectly in a film as uproarious as it is cringe-inducing.

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