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A London young woman's love life and career both hinge, unkown to her, on whether or not she catches a morning train back to her apartment.
Nice concept, shaky execution--that about sums up the mixed blessings of British actor Peter Howitt's intelligent but forgivably flawed debut as a writer-director. It's got more emotional depth than most frothy romantic comedies, and its central idea--the parallel tracking of two possible destinies for a young London professional played by Gwyneth Paltrow--is full of involving possibilities. It's essentially a what-if scenario with Helen (Paltrow) at the center of two slightly but significantly different romantic trajectories, one involving her two-timing boyfriend (John Lynch) and the other with an amiable chap (John Hannah) who represents a happier outcome. That's the film's basic problem, however: The two scenarios are so romantically imbalanced (one guy's a total cad, the other charmingly sincere) that Helen inadvertently comes off looking foolish and needlessly confused. Still, this remains a pleasant experiment, and Howitt's dialogue is witty enough to keep things entertaining. It's also a treat for Paltrow fans; not only does the svelte actress handle a British accent without embarrassing herself, but she gets to play two subtle variations of the same character, sporting different wardrobes and hairstyles in a role that plays into her glamorous off-screen persona. --Jeff Shannon
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The movie cleverly does this by running 2 side-by-side scenarios of "what-is" and "what-might-have-been" IF another option was taken as opposed to the other or 1 event happening as opposed to another.
Good twist in the end and the question remains to be "after all the long and short cuts in life, the criss-crossing of such events in either or both choices/chance scenarios, the what has happened and could have happened, does our life still end in "what it's destined" to?!?!
Kudos to cast, crew and writers for taking a "good" story and making such a well-done product. I have now watched this three times: once at the theater, once on a DVD a couple of years later, and now here on Amazon. I liked it just as much this time as I did when it was still in theatrical release.
I saw this movie in the Theater when it was first released and have watched it 3 more times. I really enjoyed this movie.
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