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A schizophrenic romantic tracks down her college sweetheart to help her find their son she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago to the dismay of his new wife.

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Lulu McAfee lives in a San Francisco home for mentally-ill adults. In June 1999, she bolts for L.A. and contacts Ben Clifton, an old flame, now unhappily writing for TV and unhappily married to a psychiatrist, Claire. Ben is ready to call Lulu's doctor when she tells him they have a son, born after she became ill and their affair ended. He calls Claire to tell her he's driving Lulu to Wisconsin to meet the boy on his 16th birthday, a visit Lulu claims is arranged. On the drive, Lulu tries to rekindle the affair and restart Ben's idealism. Meanwhile, Claire boards a plane to Madison to watch her marriage collapse. Is there really a son? What emotional landmines will the trip set off? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Alec Baldwin was offered the role of Ben Clifton. See more »

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When the bartender hands Ben the script, his pen is inside it. But when Ben takes it from him, the pen is attached to the cover. See more »

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Referenced in Home of the Brave (2006) See more »

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It oughta' be obvious
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where to begin? Ah yes - In the role of the novelist: Patrick Swayze.

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You can tell he is intellectual, because he made the daring character choice of wearing glasses.

Fortunately for Swayze, Melanie Griffith was cast opposite, making him Olivier by comparison.

Her character - Lulu - begs to be strangled. I seriously scraped my knuckles trying to reach through the screen to choke her. She's supposed to be this schizo - a tender, profound soul with an impulsive, child-like disposition - but it comes off as the most affected crap you've ever seen.

It especially drove me crazy as I live in New York surrounded by NYU girls that are equally desperate to seem quirky.

If you see this on television, don't watch it. Turn off the TV, get up, leave your house, wait AT LEAST 3 hours (Just to be safe - these movies can really get stretched out with commercials), and then kill yourself.


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