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Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Theater in ’95, video and 3 Jan 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A chance encounter in a French airport brings together a lonely professional basketball referee and an airline executive.
My Take on it – When I was trying to think of a movie to review for this blogathon about France on Film, this rom-com was one of the first that came to mind.
The idea that two distinct character personalities who have so little in common can fall in love while under the aura of the city of lights in such a great one and felt so fitting for the theme.
It’s been years since I had seen this and didn’t remember much of it and I was quite curious to see it again.
This movie has some great scenes that will be remembered for years as part of the funniest rom-com scenes ever.
Two that come to mind are the speeding ticket scene and the pigeon scene which are both iconic and hilarious.
Unfortunately, neither Billy Crystal nor Debra Winger are typical rom-com material which leaves one feeling as if something is missing.
Crystal wondrous success with When Harry Met Sally (1989) cannot be repeated here and it seems that in the rom-com department, he can be considered a one hit wonder.
In addition, the two leads have little to no chemistry together which also helps lose a lot of the magic a rom-com should deliver.
The way the story is told doesn’t help either because the story that should flow keeps getting interrupted along the way.
This movie has a great supporting cast but since they don’t have much to work with, even they can’t help save this film from being just an average 90’s rom-com.
Bottom Line – Has some great scenes, but the way that the story is presented is a bit annoying. Crystal and Winger are lacking in their chemistry. Neither of them were really intended to be in rom-coms despite Crystal’s success with When Harry Met Sally (1989). Supporting cast helps a bit but this can’t be considered anything better than an average rom-com.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Like what happens in the movie, Billy Crystal and his wife Janice were hanging out in a restaurant with friends when they got the idea for the film. They were reliving funny moments and talking about the realities of marriage (after the honeymoon is over). In creating this film, Crystal was joined by writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and long-time collaborator Rob Reiner. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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