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Brett, a young woman from the suburbs, is an associate editor at a small New York publishing house, hoping to be promoted when, on the same day, she meets a literary lion, Archie Knox, who's 50 and who shows an interest in her, and gets a new boss, a dolly-dolly Brit. Brett is soon dating Archie, then moves in with him. He's charming, attentive, and gives advice. He also has a history - ex-wives, a distant daughter, a couple of diseases, and a photo album of former girlfriends. It's no fairy tale: family issues (and more) intervene, and Brett has decisions to make. Meanwhile, she's working with a writer who fears peanut butter sticking to the roof of his mouth. Is Archie dinner, an hors d'oeuvre, or a peanut-butter sandwich? Written by
According to director Marc Klein he knew that Sarah Michelle Gellar was the star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) but hadn't watched the series and didn't really understand its huge popular following. When shooting the outdoor scenes in New York, he was shocked when hundreds of fans, journalists and photographers turned up to watch her act in his film. See more »
Right after the 'Sanctuary' title when Brett and her father are driving to her parent's house Brett's seat belt goes from across her body to under her arm. See more »
I love Melissa Bank's sophisticated, complex, moving fiction and I was very curious when I heard that some of the stories in her first novel/short story collection were being made into a movie. What a disappointment! I can hardly imagine what it was like for MB to discover that Sarah Michelle Gellar was going to play the Jewish intellectual associate editor. She is ludicrous in the role, and the idea of her editing novels was a stretch that no act of imagination could make remotely plausible -- the only thing you could imagine her checking on her Blackberry was where the next high school pool party with the cute guy was taking place. The idea that the Alec Baldwin character would be interested in someone that flat, brainless and teeny-bopperish was beyond silly. Try as she might, SMG, who is talented and can be funny in the right movies, could not pull this role off. The good lines were MB's, the ones that were added by the director made me wince -- every cliché you could pull out of a Hollywood grab-bag. An embarrassing and depressing example of how to ruin a great book. I hope MB has better luck with the marvelous Wonder Spot. Now if brilliant Clare Danes had been cast, this movie would still be poor, but not quite as unwatchable.
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