A reporter, Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie), interviews a psychic homeless man (Shalhoub) for a fluff piece about a football game's score. Instead, he tells her that her life has no meaning, and is going to end in just a few days, which sparks her to action, trying to change the pattern of her life... Written by
Greg Dean Schmitz
When Lainie and Pete are in the basement playing Scrabble, a washing machine is working in the background. It's a frontload washer and you can see suds halfway up the front glass. Over the course of the brief scene, the suds seem to be filling up the machine until it looks like it's going to overflow and provide a 'slapstick' moment, but the scene ends before that happens. In normal operation, using the correct amount of the correct detergent, you never see sudsing like that in a frontload washer. Someone obviously decided that the only way to see the machine working in the background was to really get suds going. See more »
When Lanie is in New York, she is told by the network guy that her live interview will be on at 8 a.m. When the morning show starts, the male host welcomes "all the viewers from the West Coast for this special live broadcast." Presumably, they are doing that because Lanie is from Seattle. During the interview, we see her sister and brother-in-law watching it in a sunny room in their mansion. Eight in the morning in New York is five in the morning in Seattle; the sun would not yet be up, especially in early autumn, when the movie takes place. See more »
Do you have another cameraman who can make her look like a natural blonde?
I'm a TV personality. My hair is my trademark. Just like the "I don't like to shower" look is your trademark.
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If it weren't for Angelina Jolie, I would've fell asleep through the whole damn movie. Jolie delivers another spirited performance, and she is an extremely beautiful woman with a smile to die for. But the movie is just dull, dull, dull. First of all, if the director wanted to make this a straight drama that's fine. Just don't market it as a COMEDY! If sentimental schmaltz with few or no laughs is your definition of comedy, then you're in for a treat. The director is Stephen Herek, who also directed the dull, forgettable Eddie Murphy vehicle "Holy Man." Like that movie, "Life..." is horribly uneven, taking a serious turn way too early in the film and never recovering. Despite extremely poor attempts, I'm pretty sure Herek intended this to be a comedy. Herek just has no sense of timing! And may I add, there are certain scenes in the previews that weren't used in the final cut--Why the hell do directors tease us like that?!!!!!! For example, there's supposed to be one scene where Jolie is on the set of a TV show and a light from the ceiling falls down, inches away from killing her. But there are no scenes where her life seems threatened. Instead, the movie gets preachy and sentimental about the subject of carpe diem and developing the all-too-predictable love affair between Jolie and Edward Burns. Like always, they start out hating each other's guts and about 20 minutes through the flick, they're practically soulmates. The character arcs are so quick and stilted.
I like Edward Burns, but he should definitely stick to independent film. I don't usually say this about directors, but he should stick to starring in his own movies. His writing is obviously much more creative than that of Hollywood screenwriters, who get paid 10 times as much as him. OK, he was fairly good in "15 Minutes" and quite good in "Saving Private Ryan," but he should try to steer clear of Hollywood.
Every scene is so dull and downbeat. Herek tries to redeem himself with pretentious fast-motion shots, identical to those of Madonna's "Ray of Light" video. If Jolie weren't the star, this film would be dead in the water. And Tony Shalhoub deserves better as well. I'm not surprised to see him in a corny flick, but he is an underrated comic actor and I loved him on "Wings."
Jolie decided she would take a break from movies after done with "Tomb Raider." Why, oh why, did she change her mind and star in this ultimately forgettable pseduo romantic comedy? She should've saved the blonde hair for a much better movie.
My score: 4 (out of 10)
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