Review Date: June 22, 2003
Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Jeremy Leven
Producers: Jeremy Leven, Rob Reiner, Elie Samaha
But before I sound like a bitter man, comparing it to a classic and all, allow me to say that this film simply didn't have enough story or interest in its characters to truly work on its own anyway. It might, on the other hand, work as a decent "video movie" that you could rent with your loved one on a boring weekend and enjoy on some very basic fluffy level. Kate Hudson was also pretty good, but I didn't feel enough of her "special spark" come off the screen this time around. Great ass though. Wilson was also decent, but again, not much about him jumped off the screen either. The chemistry between them was also so-so at best, and while the flashback concept was definitely creative and very well handled, much of the other story wasn't funny or believable enough to warrant much interest after the halfway point. Sophie Marceau looked hot as heck though and the one "very funny scene" that I spoke of earlier featured the "flashback Wilson" knocking on the "flashback Hudson's" door and going back and forth in a cut-off, but quite ingenious, exchange of words. I wish more of the screenplay had that much "oomph" or humor in it. And where the heck was the soundtrack to this film? I know that Reiner can't get Connick Jr. to score all his flicks, but there was only one song that I even remember hearing here, and it wasn't even a particularly good one at that. The film also ended with some very obvious continuity issues as the "final day" was somehow packed with a handful of events all miraculously transpiring in a little over a few hours and if anyone in their right mind ever believed that these two would not end up together...well, I guess they may never have seen a romantic comedy in their lifetime because the predictability factor in this one is right around the 100% mark. All that to say that despite several faults, obvious twists, turns and very little in impressive romance or humor, I guess I didn't hate it to any major extent or thought it to be a badly created film as much as it was just "there" (I was also able to relate to all the "jilted by love" crap). So I guess I would still slightly recommend it...but on the "little screen" only.