With a cast of Hollywood veterans and the creator of Boy Meets World one could reasonably expect Maybe I Do to be something special. Instead what they would get would be a humorous look at infidelity and the meaning of love. If Boy Meets World was an examination of growing up and growing together, this film is the antithesis of that. It’s a film that shouldn’t be sweet but is. Should be discouraging but is hopeful. On top of that, it is funny to boot. This is all lost however in a marketing campaign that fails to set the film up for success. Unsuspecting audiences may not be prepared for the conversations this film may raise.

Michelle (Emma Roberts) and Allen (Luke Bracey) are dating. She is ready for commitment, but he isn’t. Their views on love are from their perception of the relationship of their parents. One sees a seemingly happily married couple (Richard Gere, Diane Keaton) while the other sees a loveless marriage (William H. Macy, Susan Sarandon). However, both sets of parents have a secret. Unbeknownst to each other and their adult children, each is having an affair. When the truth eventually comes out the three couples must examine what love and marriage mean.

Maybe I Do

Director Michael Jacobs wrote the script based on the play that he also wrote. It is clear that Jacobs believes in the material on the page. However, the examination of such heady topics boils down into palpable portions. The film is not heavy, and the characters, despite their flaws, are likable. This is perhaps the result of the combined charm and experience of the veteran cast. Macy and Sarandon particularly shine, unflinchingly delivering some of the most cutting and humorous lines in the film. Jacobs never pushes too hard for a laugh, and Macy again demonstrates pitch-perfect comedic timing.

However, the easygoing nature of the writing will seem to many as inauthentic. This is of no fault of the actors but in Jacobs’ hopeful perspective. The message here is that love is enough to endure and that happiness comes second nature to the responsibility of parenting and marriage. This belief, as notated by Allen in the film, is emerging as entirely old-fashioned. It is also rather problematic. The film does not go so far as to forgive infidelity but rather paints it almost as an inevitably that needs to be overcome for love to endure.

Maybe I Do

The film is also very talky. The transition from theatrical source material to feature film seems to have been a copy and paste. While this in and of itself is not bad, pacing does become an issue. The tempo of the scene is dictated by the performers and while the veteran actors provide seamless delivery, scenes featuring Bracey drag in comparison. Compared to the rest of the talented cast, including Roberts, he struggles to hold his own which brings momentum to a stop.

Ultimately, Jacobs has crafted a passion project that works because of his talented cast. With insights that are not fully realized or off the mark on what marriage can or should be, Maybe I Do’s message is muddled at best and problematic at most. However, the cast elevates the writing with practiced delivery and effortless charm. This results in an end product that is funny and enjoyable but could just as easily be uncomfortable and jarring. Do I like it? Maybe I do, but not everyone will.

Josh’s Rating: 7/10

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