Director: Irwin Winkler
Writer: Jay Cocks
Producers: Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, Rob Cowan
The film is also presented in “A Christmas Carol” type of way, with Pryce’s character essentially taking the older Porter character through flashbacks of his own life via a theater show, but I think that aspect of the film could have been excised entirely, especially since the movie runs a little too long to begin with, and the scenario didn’t really bring all that much to the proceedings. My biggest problem with the movie had to be its lead “love story” though, which other than the reasons state above, also wasn’t aided by Judd’s less-than-stellar performance which confirmed her lack of range past anything that doesn’t feature her as a lawyer/cop fighting a serial killer. Kline is okay in his part, but his character simply didn’t sell me on the fact that he loved this woman at any point. The whole thing reminded me of a recent episode of the “Dr. Phil” TV show in which a gay man married a heterosexual woman and a few years later, the duo was confused about why things weren’t working out. Uuuuuuhm, here’s a clue…the man is gay!!! The same applies in this film and as much as I’d love to say that the homosexual aspect of the movie shouldn’t matter when it comes to a “love story”, well, it actually does- especially when there’s marriage involved and all that other goofy stuff that goes along with the concept of eternal love…to a woman! (not that there’s anything wrong with the “other kind” of love, it’s just not the focus here) I didn’t particularly feel or respect Porter’s character much either, and that might also have to do with the fact that we are barely given any background on the man at any point. If this is the future of musical movies, please stop the trend before it takes off, and let’s get back to the business of creating interesting characters and stories again.