Music From Another Room

 (225)6.41 h 44 min1998X-RayPG-13
A man's search for his one true love, whose birth he assisted in as a five-year-old. Starring Jude Law & Gretchen Mol.
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Charlie Peters
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Jude LawJennifer TillyBrenda Blethyn
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Comedy
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Supporting actors
Bruce JarchowGretchen MolJane AdamsJeremy PivenJon TenneyMartha PlimptonVincent LaResca
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Brad KrevoyJames B. RogersJohn BertolliMarc S. FischerSteve StablerThomas Bradley
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MGM - Film
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Linda HendrexReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cute Movie, but it Has Some Flaws
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I really enjoyed this cute tale about a 5-year-old boy who was in the right place at the right time and ends up helping to deliver a baby girl. Twenty-five years later, he meets the baby girl, but now she is all grown up and he is smitten. Can he convince her that they are each other's destiny?

This story is quirky and both surprising in some ways and predictable in other ways.

Here are some nuts-and-bolts facts about the way it plays out:

1. There were a few scenes with bad language but it wasn't overwhelming.

2. There was a scene where there was a bar fight and Danny was cut with a broken beer bottle and another scene where there was a minor accident on a bicycle. And there is also a shooting, but not fatal. That's about it for violence.

3. There was one sex-scene but it was short and not explicit. I probably wouldn't mind watching it with my mother.

4. The actor who played the 5-year-old Danny was not a very good match for Jude Law as the adult Danny. This was not very distracting, and the boy was a good little actor and very cute.

5. There was a LOT of potential in this story that was not completely realized because of dead-ends and loose-ends that were left dangling. It was either less than perfect writing or it was less than perfect editing, but whatever it was, it made an excellent movie into a good movie.

Jude Law is engaging as Danny and Gretchen Mol (who played the adult Anna) was beautiful to look at but her character wasn't as well developed as I'd have liked. I absolutely loved Brenda Blethyn as Anna's eccentric mother. I think my favorite character was Nina - Anna's blind sister (played by Jennifer Tilly). The most surprising character turned out to be the patriarch of the Swan family - you'll just have to watch it to find out why.

The story centers on Danny's relationship with the crazy, eccentric, and slightly dysfunctional Swan family. Anna's blind sister, Nina, is one of the most interesting and well-developed characters in the whole movie, and her journey from frightened, handicapped, dependent blind girl to a confident, brave and wise woman really gave me chills. I loved this part of the movie, I loved the tender love story that Nina never thought she'd ever experience, and I loved Jennifer Tilly's portrayal of Nina. The transformation of the relationship between Anna and Nina was beautiful and there was a scene between Nina and Anna near the end of the movie that was very touching..

Although I really enjoyed the film, there are some flaws that left me a little unsatisfied. Plot details were thrown in randomly and without any explanation or satisfying reason. For instance, for a large portion of the story, Anna is inexplicably angry with Danny. There is nothing in the plot that explains her extreme dislike for him, and I kept getting the feeling that some scenes must have been cut from the movie. It just seems like a forced plot detail that doesn't ring true.

SPOILERS AHEAD - PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Also, this story has three deaths, and none of them are explained.

The first one was Danny's mother who died about a year before the story begins. They make a point of explaining that a 4-year-old Danny was the person that found her body (meaning that her death was sudden and not a result of a long illness like cancer). I had a vague impression that it might have been suicide, but the attitude of the characters didn't communicate that kind of trauma. So, she might have had a stroke, sudden heart attack, or aneurysm, but that would be unlikely for a healthy 30-ish woman to suddenly drop dead without warning. It wasn't a huge problem but it was a little distraction. Danny's mother was never actually in the movie, but she was remembered in the first scenes. I thought that since they weren't going to follow up on the angle that Danny had found her body, then it would have been better to this part out altogether. It would have been enough to know that Danny and his father had lost their mother/wife.

The second death was Danny's father - a man who appeared in the first few scenes and then was never in the movie again. Twenty-five years later, a grown-up Danny comes back to town and casually mentions that his Dad had passed away. Again, no information on how this happened and again, this would be unusual since Dad would have only been around 55 or 60 when he died. Pretty young to die and no explanation about how or why it happened and I thought the movie would have been less flabby if the whole "my dad passes away last year" had been left out. It served no purpose in the movie that I could tell.

The third death is one of the main characters and her mysterious "illness" was a major plot twist. I can understand glossing over the deaths of two relatively minor characters, but focus so much of the story around the illness of a major character without ever telling what was causing the illness was really strange. Again, it seemed like some scenes were cut from the final movie, leaving an obvious hole.

The biggest flaw was the incomprehensible Anna, who seemed bound and determined to do the exact opposite of what would make her happy. There were some lame attempts to explain her self-destructive behavior, but it fell flat and didn't seem believable to me. You would think that the female lead would have been written with better character development. Jude Law had a tall order to play opposite a female lead character that was little more than a beautiful paper doll! This was no fault of Gretchen Mol, but there was very little she could do to make Anna believable. The only thing that saved this situation was that Danny was a well-written character and Jude Law played him with passion and sensitivity. I found that I could get past the issues with Anna pretty easily because Danny made up for whatever Anna was lacking.

SPOILERS ARE OVER NOW. IT IS SAFE TO READ ON TO THE CONCLUSION.

Anyway, this was very, very watchable, in spite of the flaws. I enjoyed every minute of it and even watched it again, which is rare for me. As a matter of fact, it is actually better the second time around because it has some subtle intricacies and several instances of foreshadowing that aren't obvious on the first viewing. I recommend it to all hopeless romantics.
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L. R. AndersonReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty bad
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It feels extreme to give this one star, but that's how I'm feeling right now. This movie was so dumb, with a romance that springs up for no reason which we are supposed to be rooting for. I also found it to have some sexist and ableist elements. Here's a line from the film: "No woman really wants a book for a present. I promise you." This is said by our leading man, while the main female lead looks on adoringly without his knowledge. He suggests a hat for a present: "A woman can never have too many hats." What an insult. Then there is Nina, the woman who, despite being blind since she was 10 months old, has never come to terms with it or made a life for herself until she meets a man that can make her feel worthy. Okay... I don't like the messages this movie is sending, and it's incredibly boring and even the elements that make it unique are not great or even just in bad taste (there is a woman that regularly threatens to shoot her husband and herself...and this is supposed to be empowering I guess?).
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cinestReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Gem
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There are true gems in Amazon movie listings. This movie is one of them. Yes, it is a happy-end movie (don’t we need those, especially now days); yes, it is about love and fate, or so it seems; and yes, it’s at times a bit overboard (child hands uncurling the biblical cord, a boy friend is trying to kill Danny for stopping dancing with his girl-friend and so on) but not insanely so. However, the story line gives you twists and turns, which are hard to predict, and it keeps your attention. There are great dialogs, untraveled lines and subplots, and very, very enjoyable performances. Great cast.
Just only a couple of difficult-to-believe moments there: Danny’s pledge of not falling in love ever again (I’m sure it was director’s idea; Jude is too of a fine actor for that misstep); then Grace moving around with almost a 9-month old baby in her belly as if it were a pillow tucked in (which, of course, it was), and the dying scene in which she seems to have a bit too much strength for a woman just moments away from death.
Still, those do not diminish the overall endearing impact of the movie.
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IloveromanceReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been so good
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This movie could have been great, but it was oh so bad. The storyline is completely unique-I'd never seen anything like it. And in the beginning the movie was really interesting. Unfortunately the 'revelation" happened way too early. I would have enjoyed it more if they had waited till the end to find out that Danny was the one who delivered Anna. Instead it happens at the beginning and he spends the rest of the time trying to steal her away from her boyfriend. So really the fact that he literally met her at birth isn't that relevant. Another thing is the age differences. In the beginning, of course, Danny is played by a child of around 5 years old. But then when he's an adult, he doesn't look 20 years older. And as much as I love Jeremy Piven, he was in the initial birth scenes but again he appears to not have aged at all even though 25 years have supposedly passed. There is the scene with Anna's blind sister who meets a guy at a dance club and later on he buys her a bicycle. Wait, what? Really? I didn't have much hope for this movie anyway, but it fell far below my expectations.
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Mary B.Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Film Well Worth Watching!
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Life is What We Have the Strength to Make It. Great Acting for the most part - a few scenes were strange; but, overall a beautiful little movie. It was enlightening to see not only a very young Jude Law but Jeremy Piven prior to their big success because their talent was so obvious - not that Meg Tilly or the others weren't equally talented. The premise of the story was a bit unusual; however, a it was made to work. I actually really liked the film & would have given it 5 Stars except it wasn't as exceptional as say, "In the Heat of the NIght" in which the entire film was exceptional. This film was very, very good - I just felt there must have been a little something that was left on the cutting room floor that would have made it even better. That said, I cannot fault this movie for not tying everything important together. It's like I said, with so many characters, there surely was a little something more that would have made it more complete. If a film gives focus to a character no matter how minor, there should be (in my opinion) a little something that brings that character into better focus. Aside from that, it is a film well worth watching.
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G JReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just Corny
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I too couldn't finish watching this movie! Jude Law is way too good of an actor to be in something like this; just a goofy love story. I love a good love story but this one doesn't even come close; it would be a total waste of time to watch the entire movie. Good thing I didn't pay to see it!!
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J. EvansReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet little love story to escape for a bit
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So okay, I just love a sweet sappy love story and this one fits the bill nicely. Jude Law (Danny) & Gretchen Mol (Anna) meet when as a young boy, he helps deliver her from her mother's womb on Thanksgiving. Flash forward 25 years later and they coincidentaly meet again after he gets lost trying to find a house in her neighborhood. The cast in the movie are some of the most enjoyable to watch: Martha Plimpton, Brenda Blethyn, Jeremy Piven (his wife in the movie, Jane Adams is a mentally unstable goofball and has some of the most fun scenes to watch.) Of course it has the predictable ending as most will have the movie figured out long before it ends, but it's a nice escape from reality for a few hours. How magical the story was.
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EmReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely
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Sweet story about love in its various incarnations.

I've seen this twice and the glaring mistake of using Gretchen Mohl as the love interest can't be overcome. She almost ruins the film. She certainly doesn't click with Jude Law, which is unbelievable.

Brenda Blethyn and Jude Law are irresistible though.
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