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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

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David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her "ghost" on the beach at night. ... See full summary »

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David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her "ghost" on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family problems crop up in the present in the real world.... Written by David Stumme <dstumme@rochester.rr.com>

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Some love lasts a lifetime. Real love lasts forever. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for a scene involving strong language, and for some sensuality and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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18 October 1996 (USA)  »

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$77,725 (USA) (18 October 1996)

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$4,137,645 (USA) (13 December 1996)
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Freddie Prinze Jr.'s feature film debut. See more »

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David Lewis: Don't you think it is a little insensitive fixing me up on her birthday?
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Spineless Adaptation of a Mediocre Play
30 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is actually a good case study for people to see everything that could be done wrong being done in one place :-) Not kidding at all. If you can realize how and why is this movie ridiculous and at least a few things that should have been changed pop up at you you'll learn something from Kelley's failure - and Brady's, since the play is not exactly stellar on it's own.

Like the lack of a real antagonist (Esther could have been that but that requires some writing spine and ideas), the lack of a real dramatic reversal, watering down left and right (starting with long "karaoke" sequences), making all characters lukewarm and mediocre to the point that there are no clear leads, a "ghost" talking about her own non- reality akin to a spineless, self-doubting pseudo-intellectual and loosing even a trace of a mythical etc. etc.

The audience for live theater plays may tolerate some of these things for all kinds of reasons and theatrical directors sometimes do have more spine and artistic bravery to tear a mediocre play apart and bring out some sharpened characters and stronger tension and emotion. In general, theatrical talking heads require some brave intervention in order not to be plain boring.

So this is a rare confluence of a mediocre play, completely spineless adaptation and equally spineless direction. The sole mystery is whether Michelle Pfeiffer did this to make her husband happy of whether he was writing lukewarm to make her happy :-) One of them has to be the principal culprit.


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