Review Date: October 04, 1999
Director: Sydney Pollack
Writer: Kurt Luedtke
Producers: Sydney Pollack and Marykay Powell
Harrison Ford as Dutch Van Der Broeck
Kristin Scott Thomas as Kay Chandler
The two things which could have easily made this film so much better is 1) If they had gotten completely rid of the ridiculously obvious plot device involving Ford and his job as a cop, which was not only uninteresting, but ultimately swayed our interest and made the film 20-25 minutes longer, and 2) Given the part played by Ford to a better looking man, a bigger charmer and an actor who would have been able to convey a little more emotion than a simple raised eyebrow every now and again. If you pay close attention to Harry's "crying scene", you will note that it actually lasts less than three real seconds (Don't hold back, Indy!). Very weird. Kristin Scott Thomas, on the other hand, managed to hold a decent American accent for the most part of the movie, and did convey a deeper sense of loss and grieving, two feelings which seemed completely absent from Ford's "despondent" (?) character.
So why am I still recommending this film, albeit barely? Well, the premise is interesting, the development is well done, Sydney Pollack is really good in it, and the lightly surprising ending kind of helped levitate this film past my basic cinematic recommendation line. No need to see it in the theatres though. Definitely a lazy night rental with the loved one, so that you could forward the parts which should have been cut out. And remember, this is a character-driven film, not plot. If the characters don't seem interesting to you, skip this adult drama and drum up a romantic evening of your own. You can never have too many of those!