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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Slow , sloooow chick flick.

Author: powerplay (powerplay@gamebox.net) from Melbourne, Australia
12 October 2004

Also known as BEFORE THE NIGHT - Ally picks up a total stranger in a bar and has a wild night with him. She then starts investigating the mysterious death of his former wife.

For me the story struggled to make any progress, and was too slow, there are stretches where nothing much seems to be happening. It was also difficult to have much empathy or sympathy with Ally's character. She's rarely in any real danger, she is choosing to stick her nose into business which is nothing to do with her, and her lover doesn't seem interested in her becoming involved in his past.

Ally also casts aside her job like it doesn't matter, her heart is no longer in it, and she starts taking time off, severely letting down her business partner, (whom I recognised as George's psychiatrist in "Seinfeld".)

There's minimal female nudity, which is very odd considering that the only thing they have in common - and hence the reason for the story - are the wild nights of passion. Ally takes every opportunity to cover up, whereas Adolph Martinez gives the impression he would happily walk down Main Street naked.

Adolph might have gone to the Clint Eastwood Academy of Facial Expression - he just maintains this blank look no matter what is happening, I guess he is meant to be enigmatic or mysterious!

But there are some redeeming moments which are worth watching out for -

1.When Ally wakes up alone in the empty house.

2.The mother-in-law's plastic surgery stitches falling apart when she gets upset.

3.Any scene with the father-in-law, who is the only cheerful and articulate character in the movie.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Avoid this, if you can!

1/10
Author: Ruthbasilisk-1 from Germany
26 February 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This film is so awful and lame! It doesn't make it more interesting or raises its erotic thrill that they saved any costs for illumination of the scenes. Beginning with the perfume promotion event: A hairless bodybuilder appears in a huge diaper, introduced as the god Eros. You burst out laughing. The main male character is also a hairless ape with no aura at all and with obviously paralysed mimic muscles, no evidence, why any women should be attracted by him. The couple come over as lively as Barbie and Ken, although Ally Sheedy seems to be on the climax of her beauty (not baby-faced, not anorectic) - if she only was given the opportunity to elaborate her charakter...I seldom throw away DVDs . This time I did.

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