The amusing "We'll Never Have Paris" bills itself as "based on a true story … unfortunately." That wryly catastrophic tone informs much of this hangdog romantic comedy set at a pivotal point in the longtime relationship of neurotic florist-pianist Quinn (
Just as Quinn plans to pop the question to Devon, his model-beautiful co-worker, Kelsey (
When a distraught Quinn inevitably follows his beloved to the City of Light, a few surprises result in some extremely funny, wistfully quirky bits. There's also a nice use of such Paris locales as Père Lachaise Cemetery and Montmartre.
Helberg, who wrote and co-directed with his wife, Jocelyn Towne (their fractured courtship inspired the film), undeniably channels
Helberg receives enjoyable support from costars Lynskey and Grace, in addition to
"We'll Never Have Paris."
MPAA rating: R for sexual content, language.
Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes.