Pick a cabin far from this crowd

Los Angeles Times - - AT THE MOVIES - — Kim­ber My­ers

As un­pleas­ant and in­ert as its pro­tag­o­nist, “Amanda & Jack Go Glamp­ing ” is a ro­man­tic com­edy that lacks both love and laughs — and lik­able char­ac­ters.

Watch­ing writer-direc­tor Bran­don Dick­er­son’s movie is akin to trav­el­ing with rude, un­ad­ven­tur­ous peo­ple, but at least this trip is only 94 min­utes long. Au­di­ence mem­bers won’t be ask­ing “Are we there yet?” but “Are we done yet?”

Af­ter writ­ing a cel­e­brated de­but novel, Jack Spencer (David Ar­quette) hit a sopho­more slump; he’s also just been fired from his neb­u­lous job at a start-up. His marriage to Amanda (Amy Acker) is in need of a re­fresh, and the cou­ple think that glamp­ing (a.k.a. lux­ury camp­ing) is the an­swer to their re­la­tion­ship trou­bles.

When they ar­rive at the camp­ground, their solo trip is in­ter­rupted by a pair of hip­sters (Ni­cole El­liott and Daniel Ross Owens) and Nate, the hunky, of­ten shirt­less landowner (Adan Canto). Jack sulks, re­fus­ing to try any­thing new and spend­ing more time in the woods with a young out­doors­man (Chris Car­pen­ter) than with his wife.

Though Amanda is men­tioned in the ti­tle, she’s a bare sketch, with lit­tle char­ac­ter­i­za­tion beyond her re­la­tion­ships with her jerk hus­band and the smarmy Nate.

Out of ev­ery ma­jor char­ac­ter present, she’s the only one we might iden­tify with — if there were any­thing to latch onto. Acker de­serves bet­ter, and so does the au­di­ence.

“Amanda & Jack Go Glamp­ing.” Not rated. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 34 min­utes. Play­ing: Laemmle Mon­ica Film Cen­ter, Santa Mon­ica.

Grav­i­tas Ven­tures

SURE, they look like they’re hav­ing fun, but ... if you’re look­ing for love or laughs, look else­where.

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