Time: 101 mins.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
It's not everyday that movie goers are blessed with a talented cast such as the one in this film, so I figured it would be worth at least the price of admission to see this crew make fools of themselves in the name of love. I happen to be one of those people who actually likes Julia Roberts, though I can understand why others don't. I also have a soft spot for both Billy Crystal and John Cusack, so I knew going in that this was a film I would probably like. For the most part, I did, though it wasn't half as clever or funny as I hoped. It was fairly romantic and there is much merriment to be had, I was just expecting more. For reference, it's not as lovely and endearing as NOTTING HILL, but not as trite and obvious as RUNAWAY BRIDE. This is more of an ensemble piece, so it's not exactly fair to judge it as a Robert's vehicle, but since she's the biggest name in the mix, it still falls to her to sell tickets.
As a behind the scenes look at a Hollywood superstar couple's relationship disaster, it's amusing enough, though nothing one hasn't seen before. Cusack and Zeta-Jones are pretty funny as the couple all America wants to see stay together onscreen, but who can't live with each other off. This press junket for their final film is Eddie (Cusack) and Gwen's (Zeta-Jones) last chance to salvage their careers and potentially their marriage. There's just a few small problems: Eddie's gone off the deep end, Gwen's shacking up with a fiery Spaniard (played horribly over-the-top by Hank Azaria) and their film is still in the hands of its' crazy, reclusive director.
It's the job of super publicist Lee (Crystal) and Gwen's sister/assistant Kiki (Roberts) to keep Gwen and Eddie from killing each other and the reporters out of the loop...unless it helps get free publicity for the movie. It doesn't take long for things to get out of hand, especially since Kiki believes she's in love with Eddie. She tries to keep her feelings out of the melee, mainly because it's quite clear that Eddie still harbors a deep attachment to Gwen. Well, in the course of the weekend, one thing leads to another and they wind up in bed together. However, her dreams of a happy ending with Eddie don't go exactly as she thought.