Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1998. Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, Miramax, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Peter Howitt. Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin. Produced by Philippa Braithwaite, William Horberg, Sydney Pollack. Music by David Hirschfelder. Production Design by Maria Djurkovic. Costume Design by Jill Taylor. Film Editing by John Smith.
Gwyneth Paltrow is excellent in this first-rate romantic comedy that turns hypothesis into master storytelling. She plays a London businesswoman who gets fired from her boys-club-only job and heads straight home to seek comfort from her live-in aspiring novelist boyfriend (John Lynch). Unfortunately, as fast as she rushes to catch her subway train, she misses it; director Peter Howitt then rewinds the scene to show our heroine catching it, and the story unfolds doubly from there on in. We see Paltrow’s adventures after one version of the story while simultaneously showing her experiences after the second occurrence, all of it edited to perfection and never confusing for a moment. More important, you appreciate its craft while revelling in its romantic wit. John Hannah stands out as one of the Gwyneths’ suitors in this, one of the few gimmick movies out there that actually works.