A movie that examines values : humbleness, naivety, jealous
Vikram Ramanathan | 02/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is set in New York City and represents an interesection of story threads inter-related because of the characters who come in contact with each other. The story thread characters are
(1) An ambitious young lawyer, Troy (Matthew McConaughey) is stricken with guilt after committing a hit and run.
(2) The woman he injures, Beatrice (Clea DuVall), is an idealistic housekeeper forced to reassess her attitudes after the accident.
(3) Insurance claims agent Gene (Alan Arkin) is rankled by an unrelentingly cheerful co-worker.
(4) College professor Walker (John Turturro) and his wife Patricia (Amy Irving) struggle with his infidelity and midlife crisis.
Structurally, the film is divided into 13 sections. An intriguing film. It piqued my interest because it was so different from other things I had seen for quite soem time. You don't know for quite some time why these seperate stories are being shown to you. The Troy story talks about getting humble; the Beatrice story is about getting real and removing naivety from your system; The Agent Gene story is about not being jealous at other people's happiness and the professor Walker story is about infedelity. A refreshing and different kind of movie.