|"I just happened to be nowhere near your neighborhood."|
|Time: 99 mins.|
SYNOPSIS: A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.
BOTTOM LINE: Honest performances, great writing and a kick-ass soundtrack make this film more than just a romantic comedy about finding true love. Crowe has a unique ability as a writer/director to mix the right song with the right dialogue to create lovely, funny and heartbreaking cinema moments. Sedgwick, Scott, Fonda and Dillon are perfectly cast, bringing their own unique touches to characters that could have been cliché, yet come across as distinctly original. The film is separated into acts, breaking up the two main relationships into the various actions and conversations that either bring the lovers together or tear them apart. The Sedgwick/Scott pairing is the more serious, taking their instant attraction onto a bumpy life road neither of them is prepared to deal with. They give the film heart and hope, showing that there really is someone out there for everyone and that sometimes you have to fight for happiness. On the other hand, Fonda and Dillon are the poster children for the old adage opposites attract. He's a wild, womanizing, wannabe rock star; she's a simple, sweet girl who just wants to be loved. When she stops being a doormat and begins to realize her own dreams, she gives him a reason to not only miss her, but respect her as well. Her conversion from desperate to confident is a wonderful example to women everywhere that you don't need a man to be happy with yourself or your life. That her lack of interest eventually turns Dillon into a worthwhile boyfriend stretches belief, but it does make for a happier ending. An intelligent look at relationships that never gets old.