Review Date: April 21, 2000
Director: Matt Williams
Writer: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Producers: M. Williams, P. Whitcher, D. McFadzean
Well, it's probably better if you didn't ask, since the world in which these women live apparently doesn't provide for many decent men. That is, if you don't count the old man who boinks Ms. Channing on the kitchen table every now and again. Granted, the film certainly does play out like the ultimate soap opera, but in the end, nothing really bored me. I had a few laughs here and there, shed a couple of internal "guy-tears", yessiree-bobee, and golly gee, who the heck wouldn't want to watch these two beautiful leading ladies prance around the big screen all day long. I know I sure wouldn't mind. And is it just me, or did Natalie Portman actually start looking like Ashley Judd in a few choice scenes? But enough about that. In the end, most anyone should be appreciative as to the sentiments which carry Portman's character through the tough times, learning as she goes along and ultimately making the best out of what she's been handed. It certainly is a triumph of the spirit (am I quoting Oprah now?).
So piss on me all you want if you think I am recommending this film solely on the extreme appeal of the actresses, but there are many reasons why some movies work and others don't, and a lot of it has to do with the performances. This one nails that door down shut, whilst also providing us with a touch of humor, a touch of drama, and a touch of love. Of course, I also thought Natalie Portman looked kinda sexy while she was preggers, but that's a subject which only my psychiatrist can explain. Either way, I'm a sick man but the film is still charming. You go, girl!