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A young woman, struggling to become a novelist, has her life go into a tailspin. Her first novel is rejected, her non-committal boy friend decides to take a powder, her best friend moves to Mexico for an acting job, and her mother announces that her long presumed dead father is actually a hippie photographer who has come to town to meet her. Sinking into a depression at being a total failure at 28, she starts fantasizing about suicide. In her depths of despair she meets various eccentric characters including a chain-smoking Santa Claus and an obnoxious literary agent. But her belief in herself is only restored when she meets a patient in a hospital where she does volunteer work. —John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good performances, but a predictable story
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised. Eric Close does a great job as the confused boyfriend of the main character, who is played by Dedee Pfeiffer. She's a little disconcerting, because she looks just like Cameron Diaz, but has many of the mannerisms of Michelle Pfeiffer. Once past that, she did well. She has an expressive face, and is able to convey a lot with her expressions. However, it's hard to believe that an unemployed writer could live in such a nice home in LA of all places, not to mention afford to feed a large dog. Still, it's a sweet movie, and you feel good at the end.
- Jan 5, 2001
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