One-time indie ace Gary Winick's 'Letters to Juliet,' typical of his Hollywood efforts, features a down-the-middle, batting-practice speed pitch just waiting for audiences to take a big swing at it. Amanda Seyfried plays a lowly but dedicated fact-checker for The New Yorker dreaming of writing for the magazine one day. She's engaged to a passionate chef (Gael Garcia Bernal) who is about to open a new restaurant just weeks before their marriage. Grade C-.
Together for the first time since 'Y Tu Mamá También,' Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna team up as soccer-playing half-brothers. The gulf between the sensibilities of Mexican director Carlos Caurón and better-known big brother Alfonso Caurón is apparent right of the bat: Rudo and Cursi are the country-bumpkin antithesis of the characters Bernal and Luna played in Alfonso's similarly manic if much more emotionally complex 'Y Tu Mamá También.' Grade C.