I loved all the characters, they were a little exaggerated in places, (but this IS a film)

I loved all the characters, they were a little exaggerated in places, (but this IS a film)

Andie MacDowell gets points for acting her little heart out, but the performing honors are stolen by Imelda Staunton, as of all things, a police detective (don’t they have a height requirement over there?). Ms. Staunton seems unable to make a false move. Would that we could say the same about the writer-director.

Did I mention that the boring guy who kind of loves her is a minister?

Having no knowledge of this film prior to seeing it on Rialto Channel I found it to be a pleasant, poignant and enriching film.

The casting was excellent. The way it looked and the enjoyably giddy ride the main character took until it turned badly, as real life can and does. Yes, I thought Andy MacDowell was great. I was particularly interested to watch this film once it began because people so often joke about her acting abilities (I find this quite wierd because she’s always a solid actress in my https://brightwomen.net/es/mujeres-croatas/ opinion).

But her girlfriends rescue her at the altar and take her home, where they not-quite-confess that they were mostly responsible for the love of her life getting smushed

I loved the bit at the end where Andy’s character said “sometimes I feel he was never here” etc., it was so completely how it really is in a situation like that (which I can personally identify with), then there was that gorgeous classical piece “Nocturne” I think by Chopin, which was a beautiful way to end (bar the light comedy at the end, which was probably unnecessary).

This film was choppy, incoherent and contrived. It was also an extremely mean-spirited portrayal of women. I rented it because it was listed as a comedy (that’s a stretch), and because the cover said Andie McDowell was acting up a storm in it. She wasn’t. I’m a gal, I watched this film with two guys, and we spent an hour afterwards exclaiming over how bad it was.

The movie starts out with a fairly hackneyed plot about an older woman who takes up with a younger man, to the severe disapproval of her two jealous single girlfriends. They want her to marry a boring guy their own age who is kind of in love with her. But she’s so happy with her oversexed puppy that you’re rooting for them to stick it out, and sure enough, she decides to marry the guy. But her harpy girlfriend, aided by the wishy-washy one, sets up a plot to trick our heroine into thinking the guy is cheating on her. It works. She has a fight with him, he runs out of the house and is crushed by a truck (Remember the movie’s title?) So now he’s dead, two-thirds of the way through the film. And although our heroine is a school headmistress who spends her time watching over girls, she apparently forgot to use birth control and is pregnant.

She’s already broken off relations with her girlfriends, because they were so unsupportive. Alone and pitiful, she decides to marry the boring guy. She had asked him to marry her to the young guy (nice, huh?), but now she tells him she’ll marry him, and apparently he has no objections to being dicked around in this fashion. She has the kid. In the final scene, they leave it in a crib inside her house while they go out on the porch to drink, smoke and be smug. I kid you not, it’s that bad. I left out the part about the cancer red-herring and the harpy’s ridiculous lesbian moment.

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