Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1996. Fox 2000 Pictures, Rosa Productions, Twentieth Century Fox, Via Rosa Productions. Screenplay by Terrel Seltzer, Ellen Simon. Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. Produced by Lynda Obst. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by David Gropman. Costume Design by Susie DeSanto. Film Editing by Garth Craven. Academy Awards 1996. Golden Globe Awards 1996.
Michelle Pfeiffer couldn’t be more fetching in this sappy romantic comedy that amounts to very little. She and George Clooney play overworked single parents who are united when they both arrive too late to board their kids on a school trip’s ferryboat one morning and end up having to spend the whole day with theirs and each other’s children. Performances are fine, but the characters aren’t always that lovable: Alex D. Linz as Pfeiffer’s son is so badly behaved and selfish that you wonder how it’s possible that she has so much patience with him. It’s not hard to guess what will happen between the two leads in the end, but at least for your intellectual appeal the outcome of their relationship isn’t a typical romance-movie discovery-of-love scene but a more muted and shy understanding between two tired adults. Those seeking a breezy romantic film will love it.