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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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by Cochise

"Basically this movie sucks."
1 stars

This film is a waste of brilliant actors and a brilliant director because it is ruined by a stupid subplot. It failed to interest me, and I was immensely disappointed.

WARNING - In order to review this film and discuss its meaning, I have to reveal the ending. So . . . if you don't want to know what happens in the end, please don't read this until after you have seen the film.
The story is about two people, Dutch van den Broeck (Harrison Ford) and Kay Chandler (Kristin Scott Thomas) whose spouses cheat on them. Dutch and Kay find out about the affair when their spouses are killed. Kay and Dutch then meet each other and begin a relationship.
I found the film interesting because I wondered where their relationship would go and how they would fall in love. However, even though Dutch and Kay fall in love, the film is not a typical love story with a lot of the "gooey" romantic elements. It is a character driven film, focusing on the protagonists' emotions and motivation.
The film has one major weakness, and that is an irrelevant sub-plot. This sub-plot seems to be simply a device to bring Dutch and Kay closer together. As a consequence of the sub-plot, Dutch gets shot. Because of this, Kay feels sorry for him, and moves toward knowing she is in love with him. She is then forced to be honest and expose their relationship, and, of course, she is not re-elected.
However, the subplot is not relevant to the film as a whole because it is not intertwined with the main plot. That is, Dutch could have simply been shot by a random drive-by shooter and Kay's reaction to the shooting would be the same.
The overall theme of the film is betrayal. This theme is introduced before the plane crash as we find out that Dutch's job in internal affairs is to find cops who are lying, and Kay has decided to lie to get re-elected, and is not against bending the truth. (Sydney Pollack, her agent, plays a character whose job deals with bending the truth.) We also see that her opponent uses half-truths against her.
The theme of betrayal continues throughout the film as Dutch's feeling of betrayal effects his job and his relationship with Kay. Dutch and Kay also betray each other. She knew about the apartment and kept her knowledge from him, and he promised her he would give up trying to find why he was betrayed by his dead wife, but he didn't. Dutch finds nothing in the apartment that reveals why he was betrayed, and then we see that, if he is to move on, he has to accept he can't find any reason for being betrayed. Kay sums this up when she says, "You want to know why, and there is no why." Thus, Dutch's and Kay's relationship is doomed unless they can get beyond the adultery.
The second theme is healing. We can see this theme when Dutch says, at the end of the movie, "I'm going to be OK." Also, in the last scene, Dutch asks Kay to go to a movie, and she says, "Wouldn't that be something?" This indicates that their relationship has a chance, and that the love story that can start at the end of the movie.
The acting was excellent. Ford and Scott Thomas showed a range of emotion. Pollack was believable as Kay's agent. The movie was professionally directed; you could see the polished craftsmanship of an experienced director. Unfortunately the plot let the film down. Expectations are created in the beginning - then the pace slows down - and the overall result is disappointing. The ending built up to a point where I felt, "So what?" The movie is too long and gets boring because nothing significant happens.

As far as I am concerned, the only good thing about this movie is that the DVD version has an excellent commentary. At least the commentary tells you what the hell the director was thinking about to make such a crappy film.

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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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