Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Previous Engagement 2008

     Julia and her husband Jack go on a second honeymoon vacation in Malta.  One complication, Julia didn’t tell Jack that she had made a date 25 years ago to meet Alex at a café in Malta.  Julia heads for the café but finds there is a flower shop at this location instead.  She orders coffee at a different café nearby, settles in to wait but needs to use the facilities after drinking a lot of coffee.  She asks the server to wait outside and look for a man looking for someone?  He has to get an emergency glass of water for another customer and misses the man.  Julia sees his back and follows him to a hotel but sees him with a younger woman.
     I didn’t think this is funny and the character played by Juliet Stevenson is always in a muddle, either with people or with conversations.  Frantic, no balance, without grace and chaos reigns.  Becomes more tiresome with each passing scene and minute.  2* (I didn’t like this movie)

118 min, Comedy directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin with Juliet Stevenson, Tcheky Karyo, Daniel Stern, Valerie Mahaffey, Kate Miles, Derek Riddell, Claire Brosseau.

Note:  Blockbuster 2 ½*, imdb 5.7 out of 10, 30% critic 57% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.   
Special Note:  I don't think it helps this film for Jack to be played by Daniel Stern, he was one of the burglars in Home Alone along with Joe Pesci.  All I could think about was Home Alone every time he was in a scene.

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