Evaluation: Young-adult romance ‘Finding That you an is on a quest for the obvious

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To convey the feeling of the young-adult romance “ Finding You , ” here are some characters: There’s protagonist Finley Sinclair, a tall, blond violinist; heartthrob actor Beckett Rush plus unfeeling manager-father Montgomery Rush; Beckett’s shallow costar The singer Risdale; and there are normal Irish folks named Seamus (who is habitually drunk), Molly and Patrick.

That’s exactly what you’re in for.

Based on Jenny B. Jones’ novel, “There You’ll See Me, ” “Finding You” finds Finley (Rose Reid) finally following the fraternal footsteps of her deceased brother to Ireland, land associated with saints and scholars. The college-aged lass is a technologically accomplished player trying to get right into a conservatory that makes prospective college students compose their audition parts; apparently she has to learn to play from the heart to get outrageous before her next attempt. Perhaps on her sojourn towards the Emerald Isle she’ll find out that lesson … and find romance at the end of the range?

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On the plane, she encounters Hollywood bad boy Beckett (Jedidiah Goodacre) in a belabored meet-cute when she gets one of those last-second free enhancements to first class that are constantly happening. She apparently does not recognize him although she’s reading a magazine along with him on the cover plus apparently knows all about their roguish rep. Here the girl shows what passes to get spunk by treating your pet like dirt and voicing all kinds of negative assumptions concerning this polite guy she has never ever met. I know, she appears awesome.

Then, what a crazy world, they end up at the same mattress and breakfast that Finley’s host family has recently inherited under the ancient laws associated with plot convenience. If that’s not the gods revealing them they’re meant for each other, then at least it’s formulation dictating it.

One gets Beckett’s appeal, as he seems to be not really a bad guy, not caught up in fame, and helps away where he can. But aside from her beauty, what is the appeal of Finley? The publisher’s explanation of the book’s character keeps she is “witty, tough, plus driven. ” Whatever alterations they made for the film, those qualities do not surface. The best example of her generate seems to be haranguing the elderly Cathleen Sweeney ( Vanessa Redgrave , of all people), whom she initially phone calls a “crazy witch, ” because Cathleen wants to end up being left alone. Finley’s toughness never materializes, nor does a whit of wit. Though to be fair, there’s apparently a plot thread in the novel involving a “dangerous vice” she gets to; in the film, her biggest vice is biking within the rain.

Rather, this judgmental American dismisses inebriated local fiddler Seamus ( Patrick Bergin ) as an previous bum with nothing to offer. But what if he’s just the fellow to teach her “You’ve got to learn to play the sadness and the joy. They’re connected. Like day and night? ”

The scenery’s gorgeous, Redgrave and Bergin are pros, Tom Everett Scott is fittingly gross as the selfish stage dad and Goodacre has some elegance. But the film forgot to graft a personality on to its protagonist and seems so determined to be PG-clean that sparks between the prospects are … hard to “find. ”

‘Finding That you a

Rated: PG, for language plus thematic elements

Running time: 1 hour, 55 mins

Playing: Starts May 14 in general release where theaters are open.