|Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: May 22, 1998||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
[Roos's] dialogue (including an on-and-off voiceover by Ricci's pregnant, runaway sociopath) has a ringing clarity, his satire is low-key but quite real, and his actors mesh so perfectly you'd swear they rehearsed for months before shooting.
Opposite attracts with its wit.
For all the cynicism on the soundtrack and the occasional lapses in tone, this is a remarkably generous comedy.
For all Ricci's zingers, the actress who gets the most laughs here is Kudrow, who has an amazingly right-on offbeat comic sense and rhythm. Playing a bright, sexually repressed Indiana teacher, she displays priceless timing. [19 June 1998]
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