Review Date: March 14, 2000
Director: Bonnie Hunt
Writer: Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake
Producers: Jennie Lew Tugend
David Duchovny as Bob Rueland
Minnie Driver as Grace Briggs
Of course, I do not doubt that others out there might find some of their idle banter to be funny and interesting, but I personally did not find any of it amusing. Oh, an Irish/Italian restaurant...how clever. Yawn. And let's get Archie Bunker to pretend that he's the "Lucky Charms" leprechaun. Well, he ain't magically delicious! Boring. I don't know, maybe this is just a film for people with a higher maturity level than myself, or those who don't mind a simple story with a couple of easy jokes, a safe romance and a touch of faux-dramatics. Not sure. Maybe predictability and a safety net works for some people in movies. All I know is that James Belushi had a few good lines, David Alan Grier always cracks me up, and that's about all the movie had to offer me, comedy-wise. Add that to the fact that the film started off reaaaaal slow and dramatic, added barely anything original or charming or compelling to the tale, and ended off with just about the most obvious ending this side of the Pamela & Tommy Lee reconciliation, and that's about all she wrote, people. Duchovny fans may stomach it to see their man in a role atypical from his others, Minnie Driver fans may like it because of what she does which apparently is interesting to some people, and lovers of the standard no fun, no fantasy, no surprise romance "comedies" might also get their money's worth.
To anyone else, might I suggest renting the always-wonderful-to-watch romantic classic, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (10/10) for the umpteenth time. Trust me, that is one movie that does make you want to return year after year after year.