Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1995. Cantaloupe Production, Hollywood Pictures. Screenplay by David Frankel. Cinematography by Jack Wallner. Produced by David Frankel, Barry Jossen. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by J. Mark Harrington. Costume Design by Patricia Field. Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.
I love Sarah Jessica Parker‘s nebbish routine in this very funny Miami-set romance, about a young woman who has just gotten engaged to be married to her sweet boyfriend (Gil Bellows) only to find out that everyone around her is having the worst of marital problems: her parents (Paul Mazursky, Mia Farrow) are cheating on each other, her brother (Kevin Pollak) is cheating on his wife (Barbara Garrick) with everybody, and her sister (Carla Gugino) hasn’t been married six months before realizing she can’t be faithful to her football-player husband. David Frankel’s script and camera movements highlight a sunny south Florida, but it’s not hard to see him stealing unapologetically from Woody Allen’s best comedies (even the credit sequence replaces silent-film white lettering with neon pink Miami-style writing), and then even going as far as using Woody’s longtime leading lady Farrow. Somehow, though, this is all good; the only thing to keep it from being a great comedy is that all of Frankel’s extremely funny one-liners have the Neil Simon-esque method of being so witty that they actually get in the way, and make Parker look like a stand-up comedienne in the middle of a bunch of hard-working actors. She’s definitely a star, though, and she carries everything off with great aplomb. Antonio Banderas is charming as Farrow’s mother’s nurse, who can’t seem to avoid bewitching all the women who meet him.