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Not a rom-com ... at all
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
Jennifer Anniston is absolutely gorgeous. Ravishing. So naturally beautiful it makes you gasp. Makes you wonder what Brad Pitt was thinking when he left her for a stick-figure. But, I digress.
All the text for this film leads the viewer to think this is going to be a rom-com. Not so. It's like being a fly on the wall watching a relationship disintegrate. When you realize how fond both people are of each other, you wonder what other layers of feeling can be there. Love? Loyalty? The words 'soul mates' do not come to mind. While they each can't give what the other needs, or even describe that, at the very least they trust each other on some deeper level. Ultimately, for the female, Brooke, the realization is probably that someone else can be the person who will give her that.
The man, Gary, eventually must see that not everything can be fixed. Not everything can be retrieved. No matter how much he grows, it's growth with bad timing. Painful to watch. This story is not 'The Way We Were.' For one thing, I believe that Jennifer Anniston (yeah, the one with the hair) is a far better actress than Barbra Streisand (yeah, the one who sings.) I have seen Anniston in other dramatic roles - she has tremendous talent. And has to work with that distracting drawback that is her beauty.
I hope that in real life, she is not so stunning and luminous. I hope she's ordinary when she's not on screen. She'll have better luck with husbands!