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Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
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Review Date: December 27, 1998
Director: Ivan Reitman
Writer: Michael Browning
Producers: Ivan Reitman, Roger Birnbaum, Wallis Nicita
Actors:
Harrison Ford as Quinn Harris
Anne Heche as Robin Monroe
David Schwimmer as Frank Martin
Jacqueline Obradors as Angelica
Plot:
Loving, romantic man takes his lady of choice to an exotic island for some time alone together. While there, she gets called away on business, and is taken to Tahiti, by a carefree and wayward pilot. During a storm, their plane gets hit by lightning and crashes onto an unknown island. Stuck with one another, the duo attempt to find a way back to civilization, and gradually get to know each other better.
Critique:
Mindless fluff piece does not pass itself off as anything more than a simple 95-minute exercise in mild comedy, overly precise romance, decent chemistry and a non-threatening adventure. I enjoyed this movie on the whole because I was able to rest my brain for a quick little while, and allow myself to follow the misadventures of two charming actors, whose fate never seemed like much of a mystery to me. The film was easy to digest, well enough to enjoy along a round of tasty hot nachos, and perfectly paced as to never allow you to fully grasp the generic nature of its essence.

Kudos go out to both Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, who luckily for the audience, seem to have sparked off a few rays of charm into their characters. The opposite can be said of David Schwimmer, who still cannot seem to play anything but that dolt-headed puppy-eyed love schmuck from his hit TV show "Friends". That aside, I was impressed by his character's real struggle over extra-curricular sexual activities, and the actual conscience that he displayed in its aftermath. Unlike many men in other movies, this character showed us that a man isn't always ready to jump into bed with a chesty knockout at a drop of a dime, but that morals, ethics and one's conscience always play a revolving part in any such decision.

Overall, the film doesn't have many standout scenes to write home about, but does offer some beautiful shots of the island's panoramic possessions, along with some engaging performances by its leads. You'll laugh, you'll sigh, you won't fall asleep and you'll forget about the whole thing in the morning. If these are some of the elements that you are looking for in a short film mixed in with a little adventure, then this one's your bag o' nuts! If not, skip this, and your life will forever be the same for having missed it.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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