A Previous Engagement
A Previous Engagement (2008)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 9, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

There are worse movies, but most restrain themselves to only one scene of Daniel Stern learning to salsa.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[H]its every single damn note in precisely the wrong way... strains for screwball and misses entirely...

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John Anderson

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.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

A little...have gone a long way to offsetting the film's sticky sweetness.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

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.

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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

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.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

While it has a good cast and what might have been a reasonable story, it's a movie that lacks courage.

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