If the film itself had sought to be an excellent work of film instead of a feel-good romantic comedy, it would have had to confront the very same difficulty presented in the film: Harold Crick needed to die. Should the film have ended when Farrell is struck by a bus, it would have received high marks. But, the target audience is afraid of tragedies and are suckers for feel good endings, so it’s a romantic comedy and everything works out in the end. Shame, it could have been good. All of that said, one of the better romantic comedies I’ve seen in a while. Until the last ten minutes, that is. Automatic 5/10 via the romantic comedy rule.