Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: September 27, 2002
7.0
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Generally favorable reviews based on 29 Ratings
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JeffM.May 1, 2003
There are several aspects of this film to admire (the performances, the soundtrack), but the movie gets off to horrible start, which hobbles the story so that it never fully recovers. How are we supposed to believe that the 3 leads can be so There are several aspects of this film to admire (the performances, the soundtrack), but the movie gets off to horrible start, which hobbles the story so that it never fully recovers. How are we supposed to believe that the 3 leads can be so mellow and lighthearated just days after their loved one was brutally murdered?? This movie isn't set in the 70's -- it must take place in some alternate universe conceived by David E. Kelly. Expand
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NadaD.Oct 5, 2002
Loved the acting. The pace, however, was SLOOOOOOW to the point of distraction. Also, the ending was to cutsey for my taste.
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TahoeGirlOct 5, 2002
Great individual performances by Sarandon and Gyllenhaal. Somehow, though, the whole was a lot less than the sum of the parts.
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JonathanP.Oct 7, 2002
A mess of a film that's only redeeming factor is its fairly strong performances (Sarandon's in particular is excellent). It's mired in poorly written jokes and is completely lackadaisical in displaying that the film is set in A mess of a film that's only redeeming factor is its fairly strong performances (Sarandon's in particular is excellent). It's mired in poorly written jokes and is completely lackadaisical in displaying that the film is set in the early 70s. Not recommended. Expand
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YoonMinC.Oct 11, 2003
The opening scene takes its cue from the Graduate except people are gathered for a funeral. The parents and the fiance of the dead girl have different ways of expressing and coping with grief, further complicated by the fact that their ties The opening scene takes its cue from the Graduate except people are gathered for a funeral. The parents and the fiance of the dead girl have different ways of expressing and coping with grief, further complicated by the fact that their ties to her were strained in varying degrees. There are three subplots involving the fiance's involvment with his would-be-father-in-law's realty firm, the trial of the killer, and his rediscovery of love with a young woman who has lost someone in Vietnam. The tone of the movie ranges from earnest to satirical. Hoffman and Sarandon rely on their usual schtick which may be old but still in working order. Jake Gyllenhaal, with his dopey baboon face, is insufferable and annoying. One wonders if he has a personality problem or is just plain stupid. The story with its revelations and key realizations has moments of fine writing and acting but these are islands amidst a pool of familiarity filled on all sides. And, isn't this movie's portrayal of small town manners a bit tired by now? Expand
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