Yep. You're being pawned off. I would probably do the same thing if someone I knew in high school but hadn't talked to since called me out of the blue trying to help his GF get a job at my dad's company.
I finally went and saw it last night. I wanted to like it more than I actually liked it. I can see now how people who hadn't read the book would have said "WTF is going on?" in the movie--it was more like a highlight reel of major scenes in a much, much longer movie. I felt like there was hardly any character development at all.
I had a client who moved out of an apartment because of the smell created by a downstairs neighbor. In this case, it was the massive piles of dog crap throughout the downstairs apartment and balcony that did it for them. Eventually the smell got so overpowering that they had to leave, even though they only had about four months left on the lease.
I'm out camping with my son. Rain should be here by midnight. Bring it on.
EDIT: the rain never showed up. The manliness quotient was significantly diminished. But at least I didn't have to hang my tent up to dry in the garage when I got home.