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Not brilliant, but enjoyable nonetheless
on August 2, 2005
This movie--and it's a movie, not a film--features contrived plot twists, an improbable romance, and predictable writing. It's light in every way--just a little scary, just a little romantic, just a little funny. This is not sophisticated movie-making.
However, I have moments when I want a little brain candy to keep my interest without stretching my intellect. And in those moments, I confess, this is what I drag out. Here's the plot: two rival newspaper reporters investigate a suspicious train crash, despise each other, are endangered, fall in love, solve the case. I hope I didn't give too much away. Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte don't have the snappy reparte that the screenwriters were so obviously going for, but close. They're both great-looking and winsome enough to root for. Predictably, Robert's character is smart and sassy, while Nolte plays a womanizing rogue. The glowering but still incompetent bad guys threaten the daring duo without disturbing your dreams. It's not the screwball comedy to which it's paying homage, but it's a grade-B imitation of an enjoyable genre, and sometimes that's enough. Watch it with butter on your fingers.