|Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) | Release Date: December 23, 1997||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Smart, funny and often viciously cruel, this is a romantic comedy for people who are too old to believe in fairyales but wise enough to accept a happy ending when that's what life gives them.
A brash romantic comedy that has a serious purpose at its core.
Nicholson is near-perfect as he slowly allows callous cruelty to give way to vulnerability in one of the most original, idiosynchratic roles of the year.
Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, the film not only gets up on wobbly legs but learns to dance by the closing credits.
You'll laugh and cry at the film, but you'll bridle, too, at Brooks' clumsy technique.
Even as you question the central premise, Brooks makes you want to buy into it.
It may be a very good, very Brooksian sitcom, but it's accomplished entirely with the broad strokes and resolutely flat surfaces of television.
Billed cleverly as a comedy from the heart that goes for the throat. If only Brooks had had the guts to avoid the schmaltz.
Nicholson, one of the best actors in American screen history, is miscast again He is quite visibly uncomfortable in his role. It needed an actor who could easily be viciously stuffy, like William Hurt. Nicholson struggles for the core of the man but never gets it. [Feb. 2, 1998]
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