And these two can’t keep their hands off each other. They have sex anywhere, including in a pickup truck on a side street in daylight. But cracks are slowly appearing. An old friend of Mickey’s comes to visit and says to him, “You’re only happy when you fail.” Mickey’s ex, who meets Chloe, calls him “a baby”. This affects them, but the magnetic field of their attraction is apparently too intense to escape.
At the same time, there’s a worrying undercurrent that it might not be all about chemistry – maybe these two are using each other for reasons they’d rather not acknowledge. One of them actually verbalizes this, but it’s quite far in the game,
“Monday” has an artistic, improvised feel to it, but it also falls victim to some pretty normal rom-com tropes. For example, running to the airport to catch someone right before they board a plane seems straight out of a Richard Curtis movie. The same goes for someone who picks up the microphone at a random wedding to make a clumsy, drunken declaration of love.
What saves scenes like this is the fact that Gough is such a real actress that you really want to see how her Chloe will handle things. As for Stan, he has enough raw pull to make you understand, if not entirely buy, Chloe’s willingness to hang out.
As the relationship goes, so does the movie. The beginning is fun – for the characters and for us. By the time we saw the word “Monday” on the screen, we could already feel the cold that was coming. As Dorothy could say, “Toto, I have a feeling it’s not Friday anymore.”