CAST

Alec Baldwin
Meg Ryan
Kathy Bates
Ned Beatty
Patty Duke
Richard Riehle
Stanley Tucci
Sydney Walker
DIRECTED BY

Norman René
PURCHASE

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Time: 105 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance/Drama/Fantasy
CAPSULE REVIEW –– I don't know what about this film compels me to watch it whenever it's on TV. Though if I had to venture a guess I'd say Alec Baldwin. He has never given a more romantic or heartbreaking performance than he does here and it makes me cry every time. He plays Peter Hoskins a man who accidently meets the woman of his dreams, played by Ryan, and within weeks asks her to marry him. Then, right after the ceremony, he watches helplessly as she becomes someone else right before his eyes. He can't figure out what changed Rita, but he knows in his soul the woman before him is NOT the woman he fell in love with. Based on a stage play, this film depends on it's words and gestures for meaning and depth. Especially since the production design is nothing special. Ryan's depiction of Rita before and after the wedding is like night and day. The transformation is subtle, yet distinct and scary. Peter's quest to unravel the mystery of what happened is at the heart of the film. He has no one to turn to, but he refuses to give up on their dreams of happiness. Everyone thinks he's crazy, but we know he's right. His desperation is palpable. The scene where he calls "Rita" on her deception is truly heartbreaking. The premise of the film is somewhat hokey and there's not much in the way of action, but if you're tired of the same old boy-meets-girl story, look no further. This is a romantic gem that captures the heart and stimulates the soul.