This one came up on Netflix as a rom com. Definitely more of a drama,… MoreThis one came up on Netflix as a rom com. Definitely more of a drama, though there were some amusing characters and situations (notably, Angela and her temper).
It deals with four married couples and their issues as they gather at a retreat for a holiday. I did struggle to keep straight who was who at times, particularly with the men.
It has a long run time of two hours, so it says a lot that it doesn't wear out its welcome.
The most sympathetic character was Sheila . I really felt sorry for her and loathed her husband. What a pig!
As others have commented, the religious undertones do get a bit much. Particularly right at the end, but I could live with it. I was just relieved they didn't have Diane popping out an unwanted second child to keep her husband happy. That does seem the norm in this genre, so I was waiting for it. Half a star added for a bit of thinking outside of the usual!
Good strong female characters and beautiful scenery with the snow.
I originally gave this 4 stars. Um, really?
Admittedly it was well… MoreI originally gave this 4 stars. Um, really?
Admittedly it was well over 10 years ago I last saw this. I wonder if I actually understood it back then, because I sure don't now...
I see this as more art piece than movie. It is virtually incomprehensible, and just so much happening. Choppy.
There's a blethering old guy with such an irritating voice you just want him to shut up, let alone take in any of his ramblings.
There are some nice shots and eerie music. And seagull sounds. There's some lovely outdoor shots and some 80's fashions. I'm not sure what's up with the models running around the countryside.
There is Molly Ringwald - let's face it, the reason I bought this.
(Don't buy it for Molly Ringwald. She's great and I could feel the depression of her character, but she's great in better movies than this one).
I can't totally pan this, because it's interesting. There's parts that make me want to like it. But I'm not at all sure that's actually what the director wants here.
Trashy, but good. Slick looking 90's film with a mostly unlikeable set… MoreTrashy, but good. Slick looking 90's film with a mostly unlikeable set of characters and a few twists and lies.
Kate Hudson is good, but Marisa Coughlan steals every scene she is in. It's surprising she never became more popular as an actress.
Honestly, I am not a fan of mob movies. I can count those I have seen… MoreHonestly, I am not a fan of mob movies. I can count those I have seen on one hand. I am truly not interested in watching a movie about these people. Generally.
My only reason for watching this was Michael Pitt. I am a fan and I'll give anything he is in a go.
I couldn't say I actually liked him in this one as all I could see was the dumb ass true life moron he plays (which is a credit to his acting skills). I mean seriously, who would hold up the mob (or anyone) and show their face and then take personal belongings such as gold watches which could easily be identified as belonging to a particular person - also with no disguise. How did this man honestly expect to get away with that?! It staggers me that this is a true story.
Having said that, it was entertaining and kept me watching and I liked the actress who played the girlfriend too - very unusual look and fun character (unfortunately, also dumb as).
Slightly amusing (intentionally?), well paced movie. Recommended.
Loved this movie!
Though it starts off slowly, once it hooks you in,… MoreLoved this movie!
Though it starts off slowly, once it hooks you in, that's it. Definitely the most original story i have seen in the romance genre in a long time.
Zoe Kazan is fast becoming a favourite of mine. She has such an unusual and interesting look and is quite compelling on screen.
The male lead is good too. I really cared what happened to both those characters. I could hardly breathe in tjd part few scenes.