Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1999. Castle Rock Entertainment. Screenplay by Alan Zweibel, Jessie Nelson. Cinematography by Michael Chapman. Produced by Jessie Nelson, Rob Reiner, Alan Zweibel. Music by Eric Clapton, Marc Shaiman. Production Design by Lilly Kilvert. Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe. Film Editing by Alan Edward Bell, Robert Leighton.
Brave performances by Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis highlight what is otherwise a pretty run-of-the-mill marriage drama, about a couple trying to survive what is a very bitter divorce. The chemistry between the two leads is also enough to make up for the fact that all their separate scenes involving their personal friends (Willis hangs out with Paul Reiser and director Rob Reiner, Pfeiffer is friends with Rita Wilson and Julie Hagerty) are badly directed, poorly scripted and apparently unrehearsed. The story isn’t too much to speak of: the couple have just split and throughout the film are re-evaluating all the good and bad things that have befallen them over the years that they have been together, wondering if it’s worth going on after all that messiness that comes with love, marriage and childbirth. Not highly recommended, as it is more depressing than it should be, but for fans of the leads it’s a pretty good bet.