Auds in the Paleolithic Era might have been more receptive, if only because they weren’t yet inundated by the tiresome cliches writer-director Herschel Faber indulges in here.
Dean (Astin) and his three male roommates live in a trendy downtown loft they’ve dubbed “the cave.” All aspiring artists in some way, they’re like the crew from “Swingers” as reimagined by the creators of an “American Pie” direct-to-DVD sequel.
The only one who really matters besides Dean is fellow bartender Jay (Chad Michael Murray), a cloyingly narcissistic ladies man who brags endlessly about his numerous conquests.
Alas, the gentlemanly Dean refuses to cross the friendship line.That leaves Jay to get there first, despite little reason for Tess to fall for his skeevy advances, and Dean instead takes up with wild Kat (Alexis Knapp).Faber’s script keeps inventing obstacles to throw in the way of Dean and Tess’ inevitable romantic breakthrough while telegraphing where it’s going the whole time.observes four navel-gazing roomies navigating the Los Angeles dating world.In their warehouse-converted loft, the self-absorbed twentysomethings share little privacy and even less interesting conversation beyond their crass history of sexual conquests.
At the center of the foursome is Dean (Skylar Astin), a semi-sensitive soul who fuels his self-pitying romantic idealism into a screenplay by day and looks for authentic love alongside his bros—among them Jay (Chad Michael Murray), the pseudo-philosophizing second coming of Vince Vaughn's loathsome character—in various nightclubs by night.
The film's plot is essentially strung together with repetitive chit-chats about the power of “E,” which stands for attentive energy directed at women, and Dean's struggle to conceive a screenplay based on the kind of love that he's yet to actually experience.
Even for all its earnestness about finding romance in modern metropolitan society, is unable to make any original observations about the man-eat-girl world that it fatuously depicts.
It indulges a certain cheeky self-awareness, as many scenes that Dean writes come to life in his interactions with women, but instead of subverting the conventions of the romantic comedy, the film only reinforces the tired tropes of the genre—as in Dean falling for his best girlfriend (Camilla Belle) and chasing down her cab with flowers in hand.
An utterly unevolved romantic comedy, “Cavemen” tries to split the difference between raunchy and sweet and fails miserably on all counts.
The presence of “Pitch Perfect” leading man Skylar Astin as a struggling Los Angeles screenwriter won’t help this low-budget and even lower-impact pic’s prospects for success.