Review Date: August 11, 2000
Director: Joan Chen
Writer: Allison Burnett
Producers: G. Lucchesi, A. Robinson, T. Rosenberg
Richard Gere, on the other hand, well...who was the brave soul who actually believed that he might be able to pull off more than a handful of emotions in this film? I mean, I like Richard Gere, I think he's an interesting man, a decent performer, but a good actor, well...not really. How can I empathize with the film or its characters when I don't really feel any emotion when emotion is what is supposed to be stirring up inside me at that time? I mean, I had more tears in my eyes when I found out that Jar Jar Binks was returning in the Star Wars sequel than Gere did in his major breakdown scene here! But if you take away the "Gere" factor, the film itself does present some decent style, via rookie director Joan Chen, a soothing soundtrack and some nice shots of New York City (natch!). But in the end, it just failed to "pull me into" its story as much as it should have. And yes, I definitely could have done without some of the really corny lines and poetry, but then again, others may think it romantic. I do understand the studio's difficulty in marketing such a film though. Despite its romantic moments, the film also deals with a very bleak subject matter and in a very big way. The studio decided to show only the "good stuff" in the trailer, which may ultimately bite them in the ass, when couples walk out of the film, disappointed and surprised to find such gloominess within.
I didn't mind that so much, in fact, I thought another great title for the film could've been THE AGING WOMANIZER, but the movie itself probably isn't really worth checking out in the theatres. But if don't mind shlocky "remakes" of other sappy stuff, like the two lead actors and just wanna get out of the house...well, okay then! :)