To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)


“He’s not going to fall for you. Live people can’t compete with dead ones. ” – Cindy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two years after losing his wife in a freak boating accident, a former professor who is still grieving must try and find a way to get his life back on track especially when it comes to raising his teenage daughter properly.

My Take on it – I didn’t know what to expect from this film and I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting and engaging the story and characters were.

I actually thought that this was a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer but she actually is in a key supporting role with Peter Gallagher taking the lead here.

He is quite good in the lead and proves that he can carry a film.

This film takes some really interesting issues related to grief and coping with things that happen in life.

They do a wonderful job exploring those issues in a deep and meaningful manner and manage to give us a strong sense of how to feel for these characters in their current situations.

Gallagher is helped along with a great supporting cast who help move the story along at a great pace.

Claire Danes, Kathy Baker, Wendy Crewson, Bruce Altman and of course Michelle Pfeiffer all do a great job helping make this story work.

This film is written by David E. Kelley who knows how to wrote great dialogue and some of the discussions between the characters are truly amazing and thought provoking to listen to.

Bottom Line – Interesting and engaging story that takes us to some really deep parts of the mind and heart when dealing with grief and love.  Gallagher is great in the lead and proves here he can front a film. The ideas and issues explored here are quite deep and they give us a real sense of how the characters feel and deal with their current situations. The supporting cast is also great with Danes, Baker, Crewson, Altman and of course Pfeiffer keeping things so interesting the whole way through. Superbly written by David E, Kelley who writes amazing dialogue for these characters. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Freddie Prinze Jr. ‘s feature film debut.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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