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by Natasha Theobald

"Coincidence? I think not."
3 stars

Do you listen to your therapist, or do you trust your instincts and hope that things work out better this time? Are you able to trust the tiny voice in your head, or has it led you astray too many times before? "But what if this time is different? But what if it's not?" Do questions like these plague you? Ruby has a cautionary tale to tell.

Ruby (Marisa Tomei) meets Sam Deed (Vincent D'Onofrio) by chance in the park while enjoying some erotica before work. They meet, they talk, she leaves her book on the bench. Of course, Sam uses the book to find her. They date, they talk, he thinks he's from the future. What's a girl to do? Ruby chooses to seek the help and advice of anyone who will listen to her, from friends to her therapist (Holland Taylor). Ruby has thrown one too many pictures in the "ex-files" box, and she needs to know how to make this one work, or if she should even try.

Sam, for his part, is sweet and a little naive. The whole world seems to be a fresh adventure to him, and Ruby has doubts about whether his enthusiasm for her is real. Sam claims that his whole life has been a journey into her arms, but what are the chances that he is trustworthy? The man thinks he's from the year 2470, how can she know how far the boundaries of his rich fantasy life truly extend? Too many questions, not enough answers. And, Ruby can't seem to trust the answers that come from within.

This certainly is a new twist on the old relationship storyline. Everything about Sam tells Ruby that, at the very least, what he is saying is true to him. Everyone else in her life, though, has some reservations. Ruby doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to trusting her heart. And, this seems so outlandish, they seem to believe, that he must have some hold over her for her even to consider for a moment that it might be true. They worry for her safety and her sanity, but she can't seem to let go.

Some of the revelations of the movie are not as shocking or even as mildly surprising as they are supposed to be. The dialogue wavers into trite and well-tread relationship and/or therapy-speak territory. However, the strength of the film lies in the twist of the story, and I stuck with it to see what might happen. The performances are good, from the leads to the tiniest supporting characters. Tomei and D'Onofrio have a fresh and surprising chemistry together. And, somehow, Tomei makes neurotic look good. Writer-director Brad Anderson seems to specialize in unexpected romance, having given us the amazing Next Stop, Wonderland. While I had a stronger connection with that material, I certainly look forward to seeing whatever he does next.

If you're looking for a fresh take on the whole mating and dating thing, or you need a reason to feel better about your own slightly or mostly dysfunctional relationship, the trip into Sam's mind is an interesting one. And, the final destination makes the whole thing seem (mostly) worthwhile.

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originally posted: 01/11/03 10:25:19
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User Comments

4/29/04 pete sanches 5 stars
4/21/04 The More You Know reminds me of MP's Galaxy Song, it gives you more than you might expect. 4 stars
4/11/04 Glad Tomei's "anger fits" are a scream! You have to love this woman! 4 stars
4/11/04 WahooWAC Entertaining, thought provoking, the lead actors are great. What else are you looking for? 4 stars
3/20/04 Jane very good 4 stars
3/17/04 kathy m great movie ,similar to kpax, leaves you wondering 4 stars
12/20/03 Thomas John Weird but starngely interesting.. 4 stars
12/20/03 Marty Lazlow Fanatastic and unique viewpoint on insanity and the study of time travel. 4 stars
12/09/03 Bill Roberts A Very Intelligent, Enjoyable File 5 stars
5/15/03 George Jung This movie is fucking amazing. The best love story of the last 10 years. 5 stars
5/07/03 y2mckay D'Onofrio is fantastic, Tomei still sexy as hell, Clever and very funny story. 4 stars
3/10/03 Alan Rothe I loved the two leads and thought the whole whacky quirky thing was a lot of fun! 4 stars
2/17/03 Chip Moon I loved this film. Vincent and Marissa together are brilliant! This movie is refreshing! 5 stars
2/01/02 alan dones I liked it! Will buy the video when/if it comes out!! 5 stars
10/28/01 Thor-Leo Very enjoyable. What "K-PAX" should have been. 4 stars
10/07/01 Mark Davidson This film gets major points for creativity -- blending romantic comedy with science fiction 4 stars
9/24/01 Rich Great film, still jealous Vincent got to rub Marissa's thighs. Does she age? 5 stars
9/23/01 Patrick Great film. 5 stars
8/27/01 Jim Dodd good film 5 stars
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