Saturday, February 10, 2007
Steve Martin wrote the novel, then the screenplay, the acted in this film. Claire Danes does a great job as the young woman the has to choose between the wealthy older man and the aimless young man. In my mind, Ray Porter (Steve Martin's character) loses out the moment he decides to sleep with a second woman. It doesn't matter if that might have been the rules they decided on. However, I doubt Jeremy deserves much of a second chance either -- even if pop psych has apparently changed him. I think Mirabelle would have been better off hugging her cat.
The movie was forgetful. The director talks about using the lighting and colors to reflect the four stages the main character goes through. Great art technique but that doesn't mean the story or the message is worthwhile. I'd rather the movie inspire me, not the making-of bonus feature.
Rotten tomato gives it a 62%. A little bit like Lost in Translation without the quirkiness of Japan to entertain us. Certainly LA is no Tokyo.