Three young men, Patty, Johnny and Hayden go rob a man and Johnny and Hayden get shot and Patty shoots the man dead. He grabs the money and leaves assuming his 2 buddies are dead. Hayden ... See full summary »
A reporter, Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie), interviews a psychic homeless man (Shalhoub) for a fluff piece about a football game's score. Instead, he tells her that her life has no meaning, and is going to end in just a few days, which sparks her to action, trying to change the pattern of her life...Written by
Greg Dean Schmitz
Stockard Channing also played a news broadcaster in "Up Close and Personal". See more »
When Lainie tells her father she got the job in New York and he shows her all the videotapes he has of her. When she uses the remote to start the tape, the audio starts before the video does. See more »
Things happen. Things you never see coming. And you think afterward: if I'd known this, would I've change things? Would I've done more? What would I be thinking? I need more time.
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I gotta start off by saying that I'm still not sure if Jolie's character was a brunette or a blonde naturally. All the "young Jolie" pictures show her blonde (I thought) but she's obviously not a natural blonde.
Honestly, when I leave a movie that's supposed to make me re-evaluate my life and what it means to live (like American Beauty did) and the only thing I can think about is the hair color of the star I think the movie failed. Sure, it wasn't too hard to watch and it worked out well as a Saturday afternoon hang-out w/ the lady-friend flick, but w/ Jolie I was really hoping this movie would fulfill its promise and be the engaging, interesting, thought-provoking film that it could be. Instead we see very strong similarities to American Beauty w/ a little "To Die For" thrown in for good measure and a helpin' heapin' of a John Cusack film (doesn't really matter which)
What really bugs me about this film though is that I really thought the cast was great. They were so believable (well, except for Jolie's hair, which really is a character in its own right) and their performances were so strong that as I look back on the film I really don't understand where it went wrong...maybe it tried to hard at the end, maybe all the logic fell apart just to bring about the thrilling climax, maybe it felt too much like a parody of tv news to also be the love story/life lesson that it also sought to be. Sure parodies can have morals and realistic love stories but this one doesn't.
I wouldn't avoid this film, but I wouldn't seek it out either.
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