Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.
USA, 1998. Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment. Screenplay by Rick Ramage. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Diane Nabatoff. Music by Stephen Endelman. Production Design by David Brisbin. Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard. Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.
William Hurt and Madeleine Stowe play a filthy rich, prominent society couple whose marital troubles are centered on the fact that he can’t get her pregnant. To solve the problem, they hire a young lawyer from Hurt’s firm (Neil Patrick Harris) to do the job, but he falls in love with the leading lady and gets a little obsessed. Then he mysteriously ends up in a commoner’s grave and the movie shifts gears; Kenneth Branagh enters as the priest who somehow gets involved in the kerfuffle (I think he loves the lady too), and Robert Loggia plays Hurt’s right-hand-man lawyer. The production values are plush and beautiful, but on the whole it’s a grotesque mess that not even the director seems to understand (the actors certainly don’t seem to know what they are doing). Blythe Danner is exceptional as Hurt’s longtime devoted housekeeper, though even she seems to realize she’s playing a character way beyond its own cliche.