As New Yorker Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), recovering from a recent mental breakdown, settles into his new role in Los Angeles as his brother's house-sitter, Stiller as an actor takes us right up to the edge, jumps off and dares us to reach out to catch him before he plummets out of reach. It's a balls-out move, especially considering that his Greenberg is a loathsome person. Grade: A-.
Richard Curtis, like 'FM' 30 years ago, has used the premise as little more than an excuse for tried-and-true sitcom scenarios. Worse, while he's kept this a period piece, he has given all the characters a modern sensibility more fitting for 'Superbad' than the 1960s. Grade: C-.