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The 24 Hour Woman (1999)
I usually like Rosie Perez, and I have kids, so the premise of the movie sounded interesting. But it isn't. A producer for a highly annoying show called "24 Hour Woman" finds out she's pregnant and she and her husband Eddie, a co-host for the show, make the show all about her pregnancy.
*Yawn* The show is like a bad flashback of Regis & Kathie Lee and smacks of a Saturday Night Live script. The movie is barely better. It's not that the acting is bad - it's nothing special - but the script is really dull. The only interesting aspect are the glimpses of the worries Grace has: gaining too much weight, dealing with in-laws and pushy moms, babies who cry all of the time, and not being able to be devoted to work and devoted to baby. Eddie is barely involved except when he comes up with brilliant ideas like wake the baby during the day. Like that ever works.
The side story of the stay-at-home dad whose wife becomes Grace's assistant is more interesting than the main plot. The relationships between spouses is just sad - and frustrating. Unrealistic, annoying, hyper. Do yourself a favor and watch Baby Boom which at least handles motherhood in a charming and funny manner.
A good movie, just not extraordinary
An interesting premise, a talented cast, terrific effects, and beautiful music. So why, at the end of the movie, did I feel it was a. too long b. lacking and c. empty?
Perhaps it is because we never scratch the surface of any of the major characters. In many ways, this movie reminds me of Forrest Gump - we have an unusual character, played by a talented actor, and we see the events of many decades through his eyes (and narration). But in Gump, the simplistic character winds up being quite wise, and his insights, while short, are piercing. Here, Benjamin's insights are superficial. Oh, yes, we do get a couple of moments where we sense there is a larger message the movie is working toward. But they are rare, and not pieced together.
The fluidity of the movie, the sweeping scenes, and the beautiful score make this a lovely movie. But it could have been, truly, an extraordinary movie if it had been better edited (did we need such a long Russian montage?) and if the script had delved into the characters better (particularly Benjamin's lover in Russia). His relationship with his mother was heartwarming, and yet her death was abrupt and without emotion from Benjamin. It seems that he passes through life as an observer, yet the plot has him embracing life and doing all that he wants to do. It is a contradiction that doesn't fit the other quality aspects of the film.
I would watch it again. But I suspect I would be disappointed, again. Not because of the hype, but because so many of the elements of a wonderful film are there, but not used.
Good movie, great message
I had heard good things about the movie, but hadn't gotten around to seeing it. It seemed a little cheesy to me, though I am Christian. Watching it, sometimes the dialog did seem a bit wooden, and the acting a little overdone. But about halfway through, I realized I didn't really notice that it wasn't a top-talent movie. The two main characters became a bit more sympathetic, and I saw where the movie was going.
It's not going to win an Oscar, nor should it. But it's a good movie, with a great message - that to really love another person, you have to open your heart to God. And that to survive in a marriage, it takes work, sacrifice, and reaching beyond yourself. I thought Kirk Cameron was quite good except in the first few scenes which seemed overacted. The character of his wife was too simplistic. A marriage doesn't fall apart because of one person. The movie would have been stronger if it had laid some of the issues at her feet. Some of the side characters were played poorly - the wife's girlfriends, the cheesy doctor at the hospital, the showboat at the fire station. But overall, it was a good movie and worth watching.