Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2000. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Tall Trees Productions. Screenplay by Susannah Grant. Cinematography by Declan Quinn. Produced by Jenno Topping. Music by Richard Gibbs. Production Design by Marcia Hinds. Costume Design by Ellen Lutter. Film Editing by Peter Teschner.
Sandra Bullock is great in this enjoyable but odd comedy about a young woman who is sentenced to twenty-eight days in a rehab center after destroying her sister’s wedding (and public property) while under the influence. Her stay at the clinic teaches her a few things about herself she never knew, and thanks to Bullock’s believable likability (which has gotten so much sharper over the years), it’s always interesting to learn along with her. Supporting cast is fantastic, most especially Elizabeth Perkins as Bullock’s brokenhearted, estranged sister and Viggo Mortensen as the hunky professional baseball player who checks himself into the clinic for his alcohol addiction. Betty Thomas’ being the director of this story is probably what keeps it falling into lowbrow cliches, but the script by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, Ever After) holds up despite the odds.