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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes, James Le Gros
Director: Bart Freundlich
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual References)
Year Made: 2006







Languages: English
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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New York. Rebecca an actress is crushed to discover that her marriage may be falling apart. Her Husband Tom leaving long-suffering Rebecca to pick up the pieces of their relationship. Rebecca's brother Tobey meanwhile is in a long-term relationship with Elaine that has begun to turn sour. Both couples are spoiled and bratty.


Movies about couples’ failed relationships can sometimes be a pain to watch – it’s almost like looking at your own reflections. Face it, every relationship has to stand the test of time, patience and most importantly, trust. This Bart Freundlich-directed picture aims to look at these tests and how they play out on two relationships.

Sounds like an indie film with lots of self-reflecting opportunities for all you couples out there? Wait till the 103-minute movie’s halfway mark, and you’d begin to see how the characters are stereotypically portrayed as unlikable caricatures.

Thankfully, this reviewer’s two favorite actresses are the ones in the lead roles of two women who take pains to save the relationships with their husband and long-time boyfriend. Julianne Moore (Next, The Hours) portrays an actress, who has a distracted and problematic husband played by David Duchovny (TV’s The X Files). Meanwhile, Maggie Gyllenhaal (Mona Lisa Smile, Secretary) plays a woman who feels troubled by commitment issues with her boyfriend (Billy Crudup).

The plot may be potential material for exploring relevant urban relationship issues, but before you know it, the 102-minute movie begins making unfunny jokes and typical sex farces which make the cast look embarrassing. Thankfully, we’ve got the ever-reliable Moore and Gyllenhaal to hold the ground, minimally covering up the obvious flaw that the movie is going nowhere with its unsubstantial storyline.

While the two men in these two stories are portrayed as unthankful brats, the women also somewhat come across as spoilt and whiny creatures. But as mentioned earlier, we forgive them simply because of the fine casting. The more forgiving viewer may give credit to the movie for making him laugh at its occasional gags about sex and gender, but it does get kind of repetitive and pointless ultimately.

Otherwise, the movie does not shed any new light on relationship issues. By the time the movie concludes on a contrived note, any couple catching this together would probably not have gotten any insight on how their relationship is progressing. Fortunately for this single reviewer, he needn’t worry about this.


This Code 3 DVD contains no bonus features.


The disc’s visual transfer isn’t anything spectacular, especially when the movie isn’t a must to watch on the big screen. The soundtrack is presented in English Dolby Digital 2.0.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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