Time: 101 mins.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
This is a movie that allows the audience to indulge in a fantasy those of us who aren't clinically insane rarely get to fulfill in real life revenge on a lover who's truly screwed us over. What keeps it from ever resorting into true ugliness is the innate, sweet personalities of its stars Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick. This is as cruel as these actors have ever been allowed to be and because we like them so much, their shenanigans to torture their ex-lovers don't seem so bad.
Broderick plays Sam. A sweet, honest, dependable astronomer who's in love with his childhood sweetheart Linda, played by Kelly Preston. She leaves to go to New York for a job opportunity and unwittingly falls in love with someone else. Unable to accept that she's left him, Sam follows her to the Big Apple. In order to be "with" her, he moves into the abandoned building across the street so he can watch her. Being a scientist, he believes that he'll be able to tell if her feelings for her new lover Anton are sincere. With the aid of a camera obscura, he waits, watches and charts her every emotion, looking for a sign the infatuation is fading.
Enter Maggie. She's Anton's ex-girlfriend and is beyond pissed that he left her for Linda. She initially has no use for Sam or his old-fashioned spying methods. Besides, she doesn't want Anton back. She wants to make him pay for wantonly breaking her heart. Much to his dismay, she "moves in" with Sam. With her audio equipment and his camera, they can now hear and see what's going on in the world across the way. Sam truly believes Linda will get tired of Anton and return to him. He's got charts to prove it. He refuses to believe his eyes or Maggie's taunts, until he hears Linda screaming with pleasure during sex. The sounds of her passion push him over the edge...and in league with Maggie. Their plan is to break the couple up and rob Anton of every ounce of dignity he possesses.