Jennifer Garner
Timothy Olyphant
Sam Jaeger
Kevin Smith
Juliette Lewis
Joshua Friesen
Fiona Shaw
Tina Lifford
Georgia Graig

Susannah Grant



Time: 124 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama/Romance/Comedy

SYNOPSIS: After the sudden death of her fiancé Grady the weekend before their wedding, Gray Wheeler finds comfort in the company of his friends. As secrets about her supposedly perfect fiancé emerge, Gray comes to see new sides of the man she thought she knew, and at the same time, finds herself drawn to the last man she ever expected to fall for.

BOTTOM LINE: I wasn't expecting much from this movie, since it came and went in the theater which is never a good sign. There was just nothing else on and I can't seem to resist Jennifer Garner. Maybe it's the dimples, since she has yet to really light up the big screen in a major way. This film is no exception. Though she's more than competant as a romantic lead, she's clearly not getting the A-list material. This is one of those movies that has an intriguing premise on paper that just doesn't come together on the screen.

The film's main trouble is with the character of Gray played by Garner. Sure, she's smart, pretty and sweet and you surely feel sorry for her, but she fails to become flesh and blood. Garner is more than up to the challenge; however, it's the film's tone and lack of character development that hampers her efforts. It's technically a romantic comedy, but it takes a long time to get to the romance, as is should given that her character just lost her fiancé and yet the comedy seems out of place as well, which just puts all the characters in between a rock and a hard place.

Garner and Olyphant have good chemistry and that's what ultimately makes this flick at all watchable. She shows that Gray's not as uptight as Fritz (and as it turns out her dead fiancé) thought and he's not the unfeeling sleazeball he, up to this point in his life, proved to be. Their growing affection is, however, constantly interrupted by a fairly unbelievable subplot, that while useful to give the film some depth and fill out the story, is more annoying than entertaining. It turns out her fiancé was a more interesting guy than she knew. Too bad for us, he's dead and still stealing all the story time.

"I never understood why he was friends with you. You don't even seem like you miss him."

It's nice to see Kevin Smith breaking out of his Silent Bob box by proving he can act, but too much time was spent on the roommates and Grady's past than on Gray's present. Juliette Lewis continues her trend of dim, slutty characters, though this film tempers the kookiness a bit by making her a mother, albeit a quirky one. She manages to make you see why Grady would be attracted to her over Gray, which is quite a feat in itself. This certainly isn't the worst movie ever made, it's just one that's focused on the wrong things. More Garner and Olyphant, less wacky friends and they really would have had something here. In the end, Garner fans will be satisfied, if not blown away.

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