As disarmingly bracing at times as the stunning Alberta mountains behind its love-frazzled characters, the romantic comedy "The Right Kind of Wrong" works often in spite of its willful eccentricities.
Failed novelist turned dishwasher Leo (
What follows is what you'd expect: a hapless dreamer's grand gestures, flabbergasted hand-wringing by the newlywed — whose bohemian mother (Catherine O'Hara) approves of Leo — and an increasingly vengeful attitude from Colette's rich, square-jawed lawyer husband (
What saves it all are the winning performances (especially from the immensely likable Kwanten), director Jeremiah Chechik's agreeable gloss and pacing, and a wise, bemused script by Megan Martin, who in adapting a novel by Tim Sandlin filled the film with sharp observations about social media-disrupted lives, unnerving attraction and the perils of feeling safe in a relationship.
When the movie isn't forcing its cuteness or R-rated humor, there's a frisson of genuine screwball to "The Right Kind of Wrong."
"The Right Kind of Wrong." MPAA rating: R for sexual content, nudity and language. Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes. At Laemmle's Monica 4 in Santa Monica.