Length: 100 minutes
Director: Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”)
Writers: Alice Arlen (Silkwood; The Weight of Water) and Victor Levin (“Mad About You”; Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!)
Starring: Bette Midler, Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Colin Firth, Salman Rushdie, Lynn Cohen, Ben Shenjman, Maggie Siff, Audrey Elizabeth Fafard
How does Helen Hunt have an Oscar? How has she milked that same character she plays in every single movie/TV show for the past what fifteen years now and still get away with it? Well, the clock is running out. Just like her character in this god-awful Lifetime bound melodrama is running out of time to have a baby, so is Hunt’s career. Gone are the days starring opposite Jack Nicholson, Mel Gibson, and Tom Hanks. Now are the days where her movie has to play the festival circuit until it is finally picked up by a distributor who hopes he can make his money back from women that like to rent any kind of chick flick available, particularly one with someone that used to be a “star”. There was a time when I liked Hunt. I thought she was adorable on “Mad About You”, but it was when she made the leap to movies- especially in the Oscar winning role for the extremely overrated “As Good As It Gets”- that I realized that she was a one trick pony. She continued her act straight through “Cast Away” and “What Women Want” and then seemed to do the world a favor and disappeared. Then she popped up, looking old and miserable (not to mention miscast), in the Oscar Wilde adapted flop, “A Good Woman”, which not even Scarlet Johansson could get an audience for. Now, for reasons unknown, she’s back and not just acting the same role as usual, but she’s also directing. Leave it to a tired actress to direct a tired movie- a movie that we’ve seen on cable a million times. A woman who wants to have a baby, waited too late and now the clock is ticking and she is desperately trying to find a way to get pregnant. That’s it. That’s the whole plot. One hundred minutes of Hunt doing her one note act, faking some tears, making some unfunny sarcastic one-liners, and giving everybody a happy ending- except her character is so obnoxious that you don’t want to her to have the happy ending. She doesn’t deserve it. Just like she didn’t deserve that Oscar. Just go back to TV and get over with all ready. I'm sure Paul Reiser is desperately waiting for you too.
(For the record in 1997, when she won the gold statue, she beat out Kate Winslet (“Titanic”), Helena Bonham Carter (“The Wings of the Dove”), Julie Christie (!) (“Afterglow”), and Dame Judi Dench (! again) (“Mrs. Brown”). What an unjust world)
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