Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Warner Bros., Bel Air Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment. USA, 2001. Story by Paul Yurick, Kurt Voelker, Screenplay by Kurt Voelker, based on the screenplay by Herman Raucher. Cinematography by Edward Lachman. Produced by Elliott Kastner, Steven Reuther, Deborah Stoff, Erwin Stoff. Music by Christopher Young. Production Design by Naomi Shohan. Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe. Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.
Charlize Theron gives an excellent performance as a free-spirited young woman who unlocks the guarded heart of a cold and selfish advertising executive (Keanu Reeves), getting him to leave his job behind and awaken to his real emotions. She shows him the best parts of life and then goes all terminal illness on us. The spin here is that Theron’s performance is so warm that the lesser moments of the film (like all the scenes involving Liam Aiken, a poster child for planned parenthood if ever I’ve seen one) maybe won’t be forgiven but at least they can be cheerfully ignored. Reeves’ performance, unfortunately, is so very wooden (even by his standards) that his scenes without his leading lady will make you turn green (just watch the part where he pitches an account to a hot dog company).