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Overall Rating

Awesome: 1.56%
Worth A Look: 14.06%
Average: 29.69%
Pretty Bad: 18.75%
Total Crap35.94%

6 reviews, 28 user ratings

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Random Hearts
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by Erik Childress

"Ford Needs An Action Film - Or a Better Script"
3 stars

Random Hearts (** ˝) – Random Hearts certainly isn’t the worst romantic drama in recent years, but it’s not really one of the better ones either. Once again we have a story that must reveal so many plot points in the trailer, that no surprises are left to the viewer. However, unlike The Sixth Sense (where it takes an hour to reveal “I see dead people”), Random Hearts has some interesting stuff going on before the initial meeting of the two leads around the 45-minute point.

We are witness to how the aftermath of a plane crash is handled, the introductions of Ford and Scott-Thomas’ characters and their jobs, and most convincingly the way Ford handles his sudden discovery that his wife was an adulterer. These scenes have a certain sustaining interest that the film slowly loses during its final hour when your gut feeling tells you it’s not going to add up to much. But that’s more of the screenplay’s fault than anything. Or maybe it was the book it was originally based on. Wasn’t there a time when making movies out of books more often than not resulted in a good movie? Maybe that was before Oprah started recommending books. But I digress. The performances are actually quite good. Harrison Ford has proven time and time again that he can take on roles outside of the adventure genre and handle them well, whether they be comedic or dramatic and he finds just the right note here playing a man angry and confused. Kristin Scott-Thomas is also good (as she was in her best performance in The Horse Whisperer) as a woman who just wants to go on with her life. Nearly all of the scenes between the two of them work, with one of them at the cabin including a line that only Harrison Ford could get away with. But the film digresses too. The subplot involving Ford’s investigation of a crooked cop is really unnecessary. I suppose it’s placed there to show Ford’s declining trust in all the people close to him, including his own partner, but it doesn’t feel treated that way and after early scenes setting it up, it becomes a moot point. Along with being the director of the film. the presence of Sydney Pollack, the actor, reminded me of a much better film about marital infidelity, this year’s ignored and misunderstood, Eyes Wide Shut. That film kept you on edge while exploring many issues dealing with the concept of marriage. A few quote whores have been labeling this film as a “taut, romantic thriller”. Don’t let that fool you, because the film is anything but a thriller, save for a quick resolution to the crooked cop subplot. In fact the only mystery involved in this movie is why the film got so harshly slapped with an “R” rating. It has no nudity, some simple lovemaking, very little blood, and the traditional staple of a “PG-13” movie – the single utterance of the word “fuck”. But I digress.

This is a romantic drama pure and simple, not as contrived as Message in a Bottle and not as silly or stupid as For Love of the Game, but it’s not as powerful or true as The Bridges of Madison County (the movie, not the book). On the scale of romantic dramas, Random Hearts rates somewhere in the middle

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User Comments

1/07/17 Cooper favorite movie ever. Totally the kind of movies i love. 5 stars
2/24/07 ScottHorrified ToKissFord! ZERO chemistry. Saw free on Comcast but still feel ripped off. 1 stars
1/24/07 Christopher I'm sorry, I really wanted this film to be good but it's not, really tried to like it. Bad. 3 stars
6/03/04 Angel A small movie about love, grief and comfort. Very sad. 4 stars
3/25/04 Slick I was looking for a sharp object to poke my eyes out with. This movie sucks. 1 stars
5/15/03 Zach Apathetic & lethargic are good words for this flick 2 stars
3/09/03 Jack Sommersby A joyless, lethargic downer. Granitically acted by the two leads. 1 stars
2/19/03 Allen Ford's worst movie, including "Hanover Street" 1 stars
7/12/02 KMG Ford and S. Thomas playing THE SAME character they play in every movie of their's 3 stars
4/09/02 Jake Lame and slow while going nowhere. 1 stars
3/07/02 Jenny Tullwartz Never good sign when on-screen politician expects us to buy trashing of off-screen rival. 2 stars
7/09/01 Del It's ok for a little awhile, then gets boring 3 stars
6/06/01 Marja Good acting, but pointless story 2 stars
4/02/01 Jesse L One of the worst movies of all time... 1 stars
8/11/00 Tim Atwood Just about the most boring movie I've seen in the last decade. 2 stars
5/23/00 Monday Morning Starts well but gets numbingly slow and never recovers. 3 stars
4/28/00 Jed (2.5 out of 5 stars) Not as bad as what critics say but its only passable 2 stars
12/28/99 Marion I love this film 4 stars
11/30/99 jessica rose it was alright it could of been a bit more intreresting 3 stars
11/28/99 Joel Harwood What a anti climax it was a major bummer 3 stars
11/14/99 levon stasse AWFUL what more can you say absolutly Shit 1 stars
10/30/99 harry driver appalling sentimental schmaltz 1 stars
10/21/99 PhilmPhreak I am having trouble remembering this flick - and I saw it two days ago! 3 stars
10/11/99 Ben Ryan Total waste of time, wait til they pay YOU to watch it, then say HELL NO! 1 stars
10/10/99 Terry Tucker I was very disappointed with this movie. I expected much more form the cast and director. 2 stars
10/10/99 Mr Showbiz Ford and Scott-Thomas form an unlikely romantic bond in this moderately engaging drama. 4 stars
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