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The Theory of Flight (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  24 September 1999 (UK)
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A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron ... See full summary »

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Jane Hatchard
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A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron disease. The strong-willed woman admits her wish to be de-flowered before her death. The man, struggling to maintain his relationship with his girl friend, declines but offers to help pay for a gigolo to do the deed. The following events play off the inherent comedy and drama of the circumstances. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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24 September 1999 (UK)  »

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$15,179 (USA) (25 December 1998)

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$71,999 (USA) (29 January 1999)
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The last film Gene Siskel reviewed on Siskel & Ebert (1986) in January 1999 before his passing. See more »

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Jane: Money is a means to an end. Sex is that end.
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References Pretty Woman (1990) See more »

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How nice, but couldn't it be better?
2 December 1999 | by (Istanbul, Turkey) – See all my reviews

Sometimes, when you grow weary of all the glamorous! American style movies, you look forward to seeing one from Europe that does not deal much with the art's technological aspects but the story and the feelings alone. I have thought that "The Theory of Flight" was a film of emotions and atmosphere. Honestly, I think it was planned to be that way. Unfortunately, the result was not satisfactory. K.B. and H.B.C. are great, I can't ignore their invaluable contributions to the movie. But I feel something was lacking. The characters were not deeply analysed maybe, or the situation of being "cripped" was mentioned better in other films (remember "My Left Foot"). In the 15. minute of the movie, we have learned that Jane was desiring to lose her virginity like normal people. And the story finished! Nothing else. The remaining portion just concentrated on this matter. How about Richard's own problems, Anne's point of view on having a daughter like Jane? In fact, we don't understand Jane's feelings, too. We just make guesses depending on our knowledge of other movie characters. I finally must say that seeing K.B. and H.B.C. together in a movie was nice. They play their roles very well. But as a whole, "The Theory of Flight" is a shallow movie. It should have been better with these players and this interesting story.


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