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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 18 January 2016
Stockard Channing brings real class to this film, and towards the end seems to get more and more stylish as the emotional temperature rises ... She plays Ouisa Kittredge, who works with her husband Flan (Donald Sutherland) as a New York art dealer, sealing deals for millions, with a flat overlooking Central Park. Into their lives bursts a young man - Paul - saying he has just been mugged, who spins them a yarn that has them and their guest (and the viewer) eating his every word, as well as a gourmet meal he throws together for them. The film sounds an original note, and has a dizzying plot that certainly holds the interest and is a lot of fun. The tone is vaguely satirical, but not too much - certainly the life of privilege is shown to be somewhat self-regarding, which Ouisa unconsciously wants to reject ... A clue to this is her brattish children, who, along with their friends' children, are the epitome of spoilt, obnoxious offspring who have been given everything and turn out badly. The scenes with them do grate, but the film is certainly worth sticking with. Paul, brilliantly and sexily played by Will Smith, is dynamite in this world, but stretches sympathy about as far as it can go ... A young hand-to-mouth couple from Utah feature all too briefly, charmingly played by Heather Graham and Eric Thal. They introduce a quite different note, although by this time the hugely imaginative story has you reeling in any case. The final twenty minutes do get to something quite rare and remarkable, much of it on the phone ... It takes a time to get there, but the pathos does kick in eventually, posing myriad questions about life as it does so, but somehow held off like a mirage.
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on 4 November 2012
I'd often seen this film in the TV listings with a good rating, but never got round to watching/recording it, usually because it was on so late (start time around midnight). So in the end I decided to just buy it on DVD... and I'm very glad I did!

This is a brilliantly written and wonderfully acted film. It sees Will Smith in his earlier acting days, before he became a Hollywood superstar and therefore could draw massive audiences whatever the quality of the film... which is probably why this film is still such an unknown. And therefore this film allows him freedom to act as he wishes, without the expectations of the red carpet.

There's also fantastic work from Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing in the other leading roles, plus great supporting roles from the likes of Ian McKellen. But enough from me... If you're any kind of a film fan, you shouldn't waste any more time and should go and buy this film!
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on 7 September 2009
Will is quite young and despite still in the midst of honing his acting skills gives a really quite enjoyable performance. I found the plot intriguing and refreshingly eye opening. I just thoroughly enjoyed this film full stop. Not really a blockbuster type - go for Legend or others if thats what you like.
As for other 2 main characters-giants amongst actors Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing are a class act.
Watch it!
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on 30 January 2015
Just what I wanted. Good film, just the kind I like.
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on 21 June 2015
Great DVD love will smith
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on 23 February 2015
Best performance ever by Will Smith. Great film.
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on 5 March 2013
great editing and imaginative way to tell a good script, hooks you in from the start. All actors were brill and even though it is clearly based on a stage play, the editing it very clever.
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on 7 June 2016
Bizzare story
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on 11 January 2017
good
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on 6 July 2013
Saw the film years ago, had completely forgotten the premise, but knew i had enjoyed it. Was great to see it again, the cast is great and I would definately reccomend it !
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