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A Previous Engagement
A second honeymoon in Malta turns into a life-altering experience for a bored Seattle librarian and her unadventurous, insurance salesman husband in this mature romantic comedy starring Juliet Stevenson, Tchéky Karyo, and Daniel Stern. Twenty-five years ago, Julia (Stevenson) and her passionate French lover Alex (Karyo) made a promise to meet up in the romantic Mediterranean hot spot where they exchanged their first glance. Now stuck in a marriage with a man who seems more interested in assembling jigsaw puzzles than pleasing his neglected wife, Julia takes her husband Jack (Stern) on a trip… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite the occasional detour into mawkishness, "A Previous Engagement" nicely balances unutterable truths about marriage and love with the comedy that is human interaction and the unending drama that is man and women, repulsion and attraction."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Director Joan Carr-Wiggin intends to strike a blow for frustrated wives and mothers everywhere, but her unimaginative mixture of obvious farce and feeble midlife crisis harangues gives everything the whiff of interminable theater."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"There are worse movies, but most restrain themselves to only one scene of Daniel Stern learning to salsa."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"While it has a good cast and what might have been a reasonable story, it's a movie that lacks courage."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Middle-aged malaise is certainly underrepresented on screen, and maybe this is why."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"This is a romantic comedy where the romance is too fraught with implications for a comedy, and the treatment of character is too flippant for a romance."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"Though frantic from the get-go, A Previous Engagement rarely finds its feet. Devoid of the fine balance of grace and chaos necessary to any screen farce, the proceedings are slapdash, repetitious and badly overextended."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"[H]its every single damn note in precisely the wrong way... strains for screwball and misses entirely..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Carr-Wiggin doesn't have the chops to pull off a romantic farce, but she's so game for the attempt that we patiently wait for the movie to steer a steadier course."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's the rarest of all things: an intelligent, sophisticated romance with real meat on its bones."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"While this slow-starting update of Private Lives has plenty of laughs, the incredibly expressive Stevenson turns Julia's romantic dilemma into something genuinely moving. She makes A Previous Engagement something special."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"More tired than the fantasy it promotes, A Previous Engagement aims at middle-aged women with the subtlety of a pitch for bladder-control medication."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A little...have gone a long way to offsetting the film's sticky sweetness."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There are a few laughs in A Previous Engagement, but not nearly enough."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Malta's tourism industry will likely survive A Previous Engagement, a mirthless rom-com that sadistically strands once-prime comedic players Juliet Stevenson and Daniel Stern on the sunny Mediterranean spot in a protracted, sub-sitcom scenario."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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