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Laws of Attraction
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Oct 6, 2004 By: JoBlo
Laws of Attraction order
Director:
Peter Howitt

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan
Julianne Moore
Frances Fisher

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two successful hard-ass New York divorce attorneys like to bicker, banter, quip and flirt with one another, which obviously means that they are "in love", and despite all efforts to pretend they're not, or say they're not, ultimately lead them to fall into each others arms, since people who hate each other so obviously actually love one another. One night of heavy drinking and a quickie wedding later, the duo has to deal with the press knowing about their nuptials, while still trying cases against one another. Sound interesting? Probably not, but if you're bored and need a quick "chick flick" fix, rent this sucker and score points with your lady friend.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A cliched, disposable, romantic "comedy" that skimps on the laughs, skimps on its runtime (barely runs 85 minutes) and skimps on any discernible chemistry between the two leads, but does offer a safe, easy watch for you and your girlfriend, a watch that will hopefully turn into a humping session for you, about halfway through this movie, which is around the time it gets entirely predictable anyway. I'm not going to destroy this movie completely because as much as it did toss one stereotypical piece of the puzzle into the next (he's a "free spirit" so he lives in a grungy apartment; she's a "stick in the mud" and likes to eat a lot of candy), and featured a subplot about one of the more annoying "movie couples" of the year (a supposed "rock star" and his wife played as over-the-top as possible by the actors in question), it felt good to watch, especially the banter between the two leads, which was obviously a throwback to the old-style romance comedies, as well as each actor's personal charisma.

Unfortunately for the two stars, Moore and 007, who played their parts decently, the screenplay included no originality or solid jokes (I honestly didn't laugh out loud once during the entire movie), but made sure to include plenty of predictable sequences, including musical montages to kill time and the proverbial running to the airport to change one's mind, in the end. Yawn. Frances Fisher was decent as Moore's mom (!!), and a couple of the scenes were a tiny-bit touching, but all in all, the flick was about as recyclable as the empty beer bottles that were left next to my bed after I awoke...by myself. Yeah...you got a problem with that?
THE EXTRAS
I guess the film's lackluster performance at the box-office (only made $17.8 million) led the studio to "dump" this DVD onto the market with very few extras. In fact, all you get here are 5 deleted scenes and 1 alternate ending. The deleted scenes would have added nothing new or funny to the movie (save for one sequence that lets us know that Brosnan's character had been engaged before), while the alternate ending sucked pretty badly, with more suspension of disbelief required than the current finale. We also get the film's two trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The best way to end this review is to let you know that I lent this film to my parents the night before I watched it and mom and pop had a blast with it! That's not to say that the movie sucks (my parents enjoy the "light" fare), but it's definitely not a side-splitter by any means, and despite offering a few cute romantic moments, no major love story either. With very few extras and a short run-time, this DVD might be worth renting, but even then, make sure you have a girl to hold your....hand, while you do, otherwise, there ain't too many other reasons to check it out.
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