Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.
USA, 2001. New Line Cinema, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, FR Production, Longfellow Pictures, Simon Fields Productions. Screenplay by Michael Laughlin, Buck Henry. Cinematography by William A. Fraker. Produced by Simon Fields, Andrew S. Karsch, Fred Roos. Music by Rolfe Kent. Production Design by Caroline Hanania. Costume Design by Molly Maginnis. Film Editing by David Moritz, Claire Simpson.
After three years of rewrites, reshoots and re-edits, this Warren Beatty vehicle was released and fell mightily flat with a huge crash. Beatty and Garry Shandling are two men who can’t stop cheating on their wives; Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are the women who are being betrayed by these philandering gits. All the other talented performers, from Jenna Elfman to Andie MacDowell to Joshua Hartnett, are wasted in thankless roles that for the most part don’t even make any sense. The film’s script has absolutely no humour beyond the odd moment, and most of its scenes end without ever having gone anywhere. Even Beatty can’t avoid the fact that he is just too old to be in something so ridiculous; with no character strength written in, how are we supposed to believe that all these gorgeous women a third his age would fall for this twelve hundred year-old goofball? Unbelievable that this is written by the man who wrote To Die For and co-wrote Heaven Can Wait with Beatty.