Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 1998. TriStar Pictures, 1492 Pictures. Story by Gigi Levangie, Screenplay by Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson, Steven Rogers, Karen Leigh Hopkins, Ronald Bass. Cinematography by Donald McAlpine. Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Wendy Finerman, Mark Radcliffe. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel. Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi. Film Editing by Neil Travis.
Insulting, lowminded cheese from Chris Columbus about a broken family that gets put through the wringer when dad (Ed Harris) decides he’s going to marry his new girlfriend (Julia Roberts). His ex-wife (Susan Sarandon) has something to say about this woman who will be her kids’ other mother, so for two hours we’re guided through badly written scenes of mean fights between unlikable people, and just to make sure we hate the movie completely, sugary sweet cuteness from overly annoying children. Roberts and Sarandon should definitely have known better than to choose this project (apperantly they even contributed to the script, which had already been rewritten by about six other people, which is probably why it is so directionless and awful), no matter how badly they were wanting to make a film together at the time (the two actresses have been good friends for many years). A last minute plot addition involving a terminal illness will make you want to tear the screen in two.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actress-Drama (Susan Sarandon)