Things aren't going exactly as planned for high-powered — Manhattan lawyer Louise (Meg Ryan). Her husband of 13 years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), announces that he s leaving her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Taking things ... more »into her own hands, Louise holds Ian captive until he agrees to work on their marriage. The unexpected arrivals of a gardener turned opportunistic thief (Justin Long) and Ian's impatient mistress serve only to complicate the spiraling situation.« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 7/31/2014...
Devilishly fun! Meg Ryan's character gets even with her hubby by tying him up to the toilet (after all he did have to "go"). Pretty though not too bright girlfriend (Kristen Bell) shows up and also becomes captive when the house is burglarized by some idiots who decide to stay and party! Lots of fun!
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Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 4/2/2014...
I had seen this before and liked it ok. If I had remembered I saw it I wouldn't have seen it again.
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Off-Kilter Elements Keeps Things Afloat in Adrienne Shelly's
Ed Uyeshima | San Francisco, CA USA | 01/27/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's been a full two decades since Meg Ryan emerged from a series of background girlfriend roles to become America's Sweetheart in 1989's When Harry Met Sally..., but in this strangely conceived 2009 comedy, she still has that undeniable twinkle in spite of all the age-defying cosmetic alterations to her face. The screenplay is the last work of the late actress Adrienne Shelly, who wrote, directed, and co-starred in 2007's agreeably idiosyncratic Waitress, and what they have in common is her supple dexterity in balancing the off-kilter elements of her stories into something deeper. This time, she takes a darker, less whimsical path in exposing the insidious nature of a marriage that has dissipated from a lack of communication. Her "Waitress" co-star Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) takes the helm in her directorial debut, and her lack of experience may attribute to the fact that it feels more like a filmed stage play despite Nancy Schreiber's expert cinematography.
The brief story focuses on married couple, Louise and Ian, on a day when they unexpectedly cross paths at their bucolic vacation home. A high-powered fortyish attorney, she comes home to find her house showered romantically with rose petals and Ian writing a Dear Jane letter to her. He has decided after thirteen years of marriage that he wants a divorce, so he can rendezvous with his 24-year-old girlfriend Sarah in Paris. Unwilling to accept that her marriage has gone kaput, Louise inadvertently knocks him out with a flower pot and takes advantage of his unconsciousness in order to duct tape him to a chair until he relents. This is the beginning of a roundelay in which they spar about the merits of their marriage. Ian spends most of the 84-minute running time stuck on the toilet as he faces one humiliation after another. Even though Louise exhibits vaguely sociopathic behavior, she does not represent the only threat to Ian.
There is a nasty twist to the story in the form of an interloper that turns their vituperative cat-and-mouse game into a game of survival. The open ending doesn't quite satisfy, although the implications that it raises lends texture to what has gone on before. Ryan acquits herself well as Louise, and although it's not remarkable work, it shows that the actress could thrive into middle-age with her fizzy spirit intact. She manages to give heart to the tenacious hold her character has on her flailing marriage. In a welcome big-screen return as Ian, Timothy Hutton does what he can under a lot of duct tape in a mostly passive role with moments of vented exasperation, while Kristin Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) shows surprising grit as Sarah, especially toward the end when the women grapple on the bathroom floor. Justin Long provides a menacing edge to the smallish role of the lawn-mowing low-life. More than Hines' workmanlike direction, Shelly's somewhat uneven screenplay offers enough dark elements to make the contrived set-up worth accepting for the sake of the unfolding story she wanted to tell."
Killer Ending, Meg Ryan Carries It Off
Robert D. Steele | Oakton, VA United States | 02/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had real reservations about this DVD based on the write-up, but Meg Ryan carried it over as I was picking out three DVDs to keep me company on an editing marathon.
BE PATIENT with the beginning. Despite Meg Ryan (doing very well playing a stressed out robot lawyer), I almost lost patience and moved on.
On balance the movie is fun, provokes thought, and it has an absolutely killer ending that makes the whole thing totally worth watching from beginning to end, and leaves me chuckling with appreciation for Meg Ryan the actress and Meg Ryan the character as played in the film.
Other DVDs that might be enjoyed: Non-Muscials The American President Meet Joe Black How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Something's Gotta Give Maid in Manhattan Spanglish
Musicals Beyond the Sea : Widescreen Edition Bride and Prejudice De-Lovely: The Cole Porter Story Walk the Line"
MARITAL TWISTS OF FATE
Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" | Fresno, California | 07/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this story of a marriage on the skids between Louise (Meg Ryan), a high-powered Manhattan attorney, and her husband of thirteen years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), a strange and dark episode unfolds and halts Ian's plans to run away with his girlfriend Sarah (Kristen Bell).
It all takes a turn when Ian announces his plans to leave her, and Louise reacts by deciding to hold him captive until they can work on their marriage.
Then she goes out to run some errands, and when she returns, she finds that a gardener has stolen most of their belongings, and when he sees Louise, he also ties her up. Soon they are joined by the girlfriend, who is wondering why Ian didn't meet her at the airport--and you guessed it, she ends up with duct tape as well.
What happens next turns this very dark comedy on its ear. Do you think that the warring spouses will make up? Will we find out that something quite unexpected has been going on?
I know I was stunned by the ending to Serious Moonlight (Widescreen)...and that's all I'm saying about it.
Five stars. "
A bad Blu, nice to see more of Shelly's work though
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 02/08/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have noticed reviews that shine a negative light on this film get slammed because it is a posthumously released script work of Shelly's, but honestly the execution of her story falls flat.
Meg Ryan plays the psycho wife who duct tapes her philandering husband, played by Hutton, to a toilet in hopes of him re-discovering his love for her. Kristen Bell plays the easy to believe other woman and Justin Long plays the bad guy that provides the needed fear for everyone to learn about themselves. The Blu quality is poor to below average throughout, with grain, artifact, film degradation and bad line definition. The colors look decent though. The DTS is mostly unused, only getting around while Long is busting up the house. The performances are fine but this is nothing I would want to re-watch or say is a must see. The supplements include:
* Making of, 12:21 minutes, in lodef. Very dry containing all interviews talking about the 2-week shoot and wanting to get Shelly's work to screen. I liked the commentary better. * HDNet ad plug, 4:40 minutes. Usual long trailer. * Commentary with Cheryl Hines, Ostroy (Shelly's husband) and one other producer. The commentary strains at times to be tolerable, but there are some vital pieces of material there for those creating the nagging arguments about the ending and entire premise of the film. Nice tidbit about Hutton being injured by one of those plants thrown at his head. For those that have been speculating 50 different ways about what the ending means - just turn on the commentary when Ryan is dragged into the bathroom by Long, or for the last few minutes of the film and all will be enlightened.
They are very proud of their work and short shoot, and understandably so. English language, subtitled in English and Spanish, no region coding listed. Rental recommendation maybe, but not a valid Blu. Three for the film and supplements, zero for the Blu."
French Kiss Part Deux
ed1300 | Boston, Ma | 06/10/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an interesting and fun movie. I love watching both Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton so my review is a bit biased. The acting is good from both actors and seeing Meg Ryan play a psycho in the beginning is worth it. If you've seen the movie French Kiss with Ryan and Hutton you can imagine what could have happened if she had not meet Luke (Kevin Kline's character). Interestingly enough her character in this movie is not all that different. The plot and story is not something new. It reminds me of The Ref like another reviewer said. It's not the best performances from either actor and Hutton's new show (Leverage is a good example of what he can do). The problem with this type of movie is that it tries to be a comedy but the themes are sad and too strong and overtakes the comedy. I dives into the emotional states of the characters then jumps to a comedic point. In that sense its not that great a movie. But if you like watching these actors and don't mind a story that's a little tired you'll have a good time. One more thing, Ryan has uncanny accuracy with flower pots!"