A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
An attorney in a rush to make a court appointment to file legal papers involving a multi-million dollar trust accidentally collides with an alcoholic insurance salesman, who also is a rush for a court appointment involving the custody of his children. The attorney leaves the scene of the accident and strands the salesman, causing him to miss his custody hearing. During the process of the post-crash discussion, the attorney accidentally drops the papers he needs to present in court. The judge gives him until the end of the day to present the papers and thus begins a cat and mouse game between the proponents. A few questionable actions later on both parties' part, they finally start questioning their actions and their lives. In the end, both come to new understanding of what is important and appear to be set in new ethical and moral directions. Contains mild violence and profanity. Written by
John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The interior of the house that Doyle Gipson is seen in during the main title sequence was not a set. It's in fact the interior of a real house in Queens, New York which Roger Michell had found while scouting locations. See more »
When Gavin Lights the paper on fire and raises it to the sprinkler head, that type of sprinkler head would only discharge the water. No other heads would spray water. The reason for this is to minimize damage. See more »
I did something this time I've rarely done before: see what the 'professional' critics said before I formulated my own words. And it might be the last time I ever do this. For whatever 'critics' give us in terms of a preview of a movie we haven't seen yet, they're basically a bunch of full of it snobs with a POV none of us have and none of us want.
Why go off on such a tirade about these riffraff? Because they chew up the ending - the ending to this flick which is the one good thing about it. Critics, you'll realise sooner or later, are heartless nerds. They have no souls. They don't go to the movies for the same reasons we do; to them it's a job; to us it's a life; we have a life; they do not.
So don't believe them on this one. The ending is good - very good. When we saw it we yelped for joy. It came so unexpected and it was so brilliantly orchestrated, you wanted to join in a standing ovation.
And the ending is what makes the movie. This is no action thriller, no Michael Douglas 'watch me unravel at the seams and have some fun with the destruction and chaos'. This is a movie with a purpose, with hope - and you might not see it at first, but that's not your fault: the movie makers are toying with you. For your own benefit.
A definite keeper. A sure winner. Music by Bob Marley.
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