For everything that Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist did right, David Mackenzie's Tonight You're Mine did horrifically wrong as it trips and stumbles its way to the finish line.
Featuring a cast of relative unknowns, Tonight You're Mine tells the story of two feuding pop stars who meet on unwanted terms at a popular music festival. A preacher enters the scene from amidst the rowdy crowd, handcuffing the pair together and disappearing. Now, with a day full of music awaiting, the duo must come to grips with the fact that there is simply no escaping one another.
Fighting hard to be original and "indie", the film falters at nearly every turn as the dialogue appears forced, the actions premeditated, and the characters entirely unrelatable. By the end, we didn't care who could tolerate who or how their performance was affected by the situation, we just begged for the entire situation to be over.
I will credit the film for a stellar soundtrack as a wide array of songs helped to keep the energy up when there is hardly anything to get excited about. But in the end, it simply wasn't enough. The film tries desperately to be unique and ultimately becomes a victim to its own "indie" flare. Instead of allowing the story to flow and progress naturally, everything seems forced. It isn't anyone's fault particularly, just a hodgepodge of misdirection and miscommunication. A near impossible combination for any film to overcome, nevertheless a wannabe indie darling.