Directed By: Mike Nichols
Written By: Patrick Marber
This is an interesting movie about love and betrayal and the complexities of human relationships. The thing about it is, you can make 100 movies like this and they would all be different yet all be the same as well. That’s just the nature of how human relationships work though isn’t it? Love is personal in a way that makes us all feel our stories are unique but these things typically tend to follow the same patterns. I don’t really think there is anything that separates this film from the typical story within the genre but that doesn’t mean it is a bad film. The film is made by a well renowned director and sports an excellent cast.
This film is based on a broadway show that was adapted to the screen by the original writer, Patrick Marber, and from what I understand it follows the play very closely. It was directed by Mike Nichols who is better known for films like The Graduate and The Birdcage. I don’t think he did anything exceptional with this film but he did a good job, he had some good people to work with. Natalie Portman plays one of the four leads and she is an actress truly bursting with talent. I have never understood her decision-making when it comes to choosing roles but she is great in everything she is in. I am not a fan of Julia Roberts but she does a good job in this movie and looks great. I am not a fan of Jude Law either but I suppose he was appropriately cast as the sleazy British guy. I have always liked Clive Owen but his career seems to be going nowhere. He was on a hot streak during the mid 2000s though when this film was made, and he does well in this movie.
I do not like movies that center on infidelity, it usually makes for an awful story in which everybody loses. This is no different yet I do not mind this movie. Although I think it would have been better with some nudity, there is something unfair about an R rated movie about sex with these two beautiful women and neither of them get naked. One of them even plays a stripper, it’s just a tease to those of us who were good enough to sit through this with our significant others. I may be a lover of movies and found something to appreciate, but the everyday Joe out there must have been really disappointed. We own it because Amber liked it but I can appreciate something outside my norm if it is worth wild. This is a good movie but I would never recommend a movie like this to anybody. Infidelity is an awful thing, we shouldn’t spend our time with it and I personally don’t like watching movies about it.
Obviously, this is my movie. When I was in college I randomly picked it out one night at Blockbuster. I hardly ever got to pick out movies, so I was surprised when I actually picked one out that became one of my favorite movies of all time. I don’t really agree with Ryan’s review at all. This is a love story, but it is not a love story like all of the rest. It centers around infidelity and the real world love stories that happen. And if you think this movie plays out like the rest, you would be wrong. I also want to point out that it is true, Ryan hates movies about infidelity, but what he can tolerate is when men cheat on women. He cannot stand to see a woman cheating on a man. It visibly upsets him to the point of sometimes not even being able to finish the movie. Honestly, I am surprised he lets this film sit on the shelf among the others.
This is a great film, that tells an original story about the way we love, and the way we lose it, and the way we handle ourselves when we do lose it. I completely recommend this movie if you have ever loved someone.
NEXT MOVIE: Cold Mountain (2003)