Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1992. Gruskoff/Levy Company, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Craig Lucas, based on his play. Cinematography by Stefan Czapsky. Produced by Michael Gruskoff, Michael I. Levy. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Andrew Jackness. Costume Design by Walker Hicklin. Film Editing by Stephen A. Rotter.
Incredibly weird romance with its share of interesting moments. Alec Baldwin (who starred in the original play with Mary-Louise Parker) and Meg Ryan play a couple who fall in love and get married despite the fact that she is far more wary of romance than he is. They draw the attention of an elderly gentleman looking to recapture the vitality of his youth and, through some magical means unseen by the audience, Ryan and the old man switch personalities. Now the relationship between the newlyweds undergoes the ultimate test as Ryan’s soul is trapped in a senior citizen’s body, while her counterpart is now experiencing life from a fresh perspective all over again. Kathy Bates co-stars in a film that never fully blossoms into the rich romantic experience that it should be, but is blessed with strong performances and a commitment to realism despite the gimmicky setup.