(out of 5)

and  are enjoying what seems to be a perfectly healthy relationship until they hit a big bump: she thinks she’s pregnant, and he’s not sure he’s ready for it. Figuring it’s male commitment issues, Beckinsale is willing to bide her time until a very small man (, for some reason, in makeup effects) shows up at her door and announces himself as McConaughey’s twin brother.   Beckinsale discovers that her boyfriend’s entire family are dwarves except for him, and that this could be the case with their baby as well. This romantic drama goes back and forth between social awareness and light comedy, doing reasonably well at both and reconciling the two themes without much hindrance. The performances are enjoyable and the central message, that love is available if only we had the courage to accept it, a solid one. Beckinsale is lovely in the lead, and McConaughey challenging as the likeable yet frustrating father who won’t give his life a chance simply because it’s different than everybody else’s.  It is a strange combination of tones, however, and the casting of Oldman in a role that could easily have been cast with someone who would not require camera tricks nags at you throughout.  Thankfully, the film does not insult you thematically with any false solutions, instead allowing you to soak in the characters’ experiences. Also stars a hilarious  and the inimitable .

Langley Productions, Marshak / Zachary, Canal+, StudioCanal, Wild Bunch

USA/France, 2003

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

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Music by

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Film Editing by


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