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Sweet enough, but ultimately unremarkable
on 2 February 2009
I enjoyed this film. I quite liked the premise: a slightly self-involved radio 'love doctor' Emma (Uma Thurman) incurs the ire of a white bread fireman Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) when the advice she gives to his conflicted fiancee results in her calling off their wedding. Having heard the broadcast which leads to his fiancee dumping him, Patrick becomes obsessed with the doctor... and when a young friend offers him the opportunity to interfere in her life (by hacking in to her records with City Hall to make it appear that she is married to him) he seizes it. In the ensuing comedy of errors and deception, resulting from her attempts to resolve their non-marriage, Emma and Patrick find themselves spending time together... and increasingly attracted to a person neither of them would have expected to spark their interest.
Although the end product is enjoyable enough, the superb cast - including Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini and Sam Shepard - is under-utilised. There are elements of sub-plot which could have been better developed, including Emma's clearly problematic relationship with her widowed father (Shepard)... and without making the film too lengthy for the genre. At only 82 mins when the end credits start rolling (86 mins total), this is quite a short film.
I do find it irksome that Amazon - most unkindly - use a 5 star scale for customer reviews... but then refer to 3 star reviews as 'critical'. I liked this film... but didn't find it particularly noteworthy i.e. AVERAGE. For most people on a 5 star scale, that's how a 3 star rating would be assessed.