People have some strange ideas as to what makes a good story. On the bright side, that’s what creates the rich panoply of films at our fingertips. On the darker side, it allows for some absolutely terrible ideas to come to fruition.

Enter Cameron Diaz and Benecio Del Toro.

The pair are attached to a romantic comedy called An Ex To Grind. Complete with its pun title, it promises a plot that lands right at the top of the bell curve. Diaz plays a wife whose sports star husband supported her until she succeeded. Del Toro plays said husband who gets injured and becomes a waste of space. Fortunately, since he was there for her when she was struggling, she does the noble thing and tries to divorce him.

Apparently the alimony payments are too scary for her, so she gets a hare-brained scheme to find him a mate who will get him out of her pocket. But when he starts getting his act back together…

I don’t need to fill in the rest. There’s really no more adjectives in my vocabulary to comment on middle-of-the-road, assembly-line crap like this that ends up in theaters.

However, there is a question. The only thing fascinating about this is the pairing. It makes absolutely no sense.

Maybe that’s what’s brilliant about it. I can’t remember the last movie I liked with Diaz in it, but her name isn’t the surprise – it’s Del Toro’s. Benicio Del Toro…in a romantic comedy. Let that roll around in your brain a bit and tell me whether that’s:

  1. The dumbest thing you’ve ever heard; or
  2. The most ingenious.

To put it in a little bit of context – we’re talking about Cameron Diaz falling in love with Che Guevara.

I’m frankly having a tough time finding my answer.

What’s yours?


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