Forces of Nature (** Ĺ) - This film is shameless in the amount of material in rips off from other films. It plays like a Zucker brothers parody without the laughs because unlike the Zuckers, the screenwriters are counting on the fact that the audience hasnít seen any of the films being copied.On the other hand, youíve got the delightful Sandra Bullock once again doing her Sandra Bullock thing which is simply being completely likable. She also comes off as more flexible than one would have guessed from her previous roles - something that the male audience members should appreciate. I know I did. This is the kind of film that I know is not a good film in many regards. There are some good moments. There are some good laughs. But I couldnít help but count the number of ripped off scenes from other movies. (1) The obvious Planes, Trains, and Automobiles-esque plot. (2) To keep with the John Hughes aspect - Bullock and Affleck spend ten minutes lounging and contemplating life in a K-Mart - right out of Career Opportunities. (3) Both of them begin laughing hysterically late in the film as they watch a cash station burn down - just like the burning car scene in P, T, & A (which when anagrammed like that sounds like a porn film about golden showers - sorry, had to.) (4) Both of them get caught by members of the wedding party wading in a hotel swimming pool - shades of Chevy Chase in the original Vacation film. (5) They pretend to be man and wife at one point a la It Happened One Night. A second viewing might produce even more highway robbery, but I think Iíll wait until video. You would think that with all these problems I seem to have with the film that I might have given it a lower star rating. But up until the eleventh hour walking out of that theater - I was debating what I actually thought about the movie - because personally I was never bored with the material. There are some nicely written moments about the nature of marriage. Steve Zahn turns in another funny supporting performance. And naturally youíve got Sandra Bullock who you just wanna take home and hug.But its unoriginality sticks out like a sore thumb and every time I started getting taken in by the performances, another metaphorical stick-up job would happen. And the film should have lost the fianceís ex-boyfriend as well. We could have done without him and his butcher job of Phil Collinsí beautiful Against All Odds. (Note: This is the same guy who killed himself last Monday. I wrote this review last Sunday) And I donít wanna give away the ending of the film, but it didnít work for me the way it should have because we needed to know more about the fiance for it to work. And that was disheartening because itís an ending that I normally would have applauded, but I realized that I would have chosen differently. A mixed review but a slightly negative one.