"It could have been set in any season, and still be boring"
Winona Ryder and Richard Gere are slapped together in a run-of-the-mill melodrama with all of Hollywood's best cliches thrown in for good measure.Stars Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Sherry Stringfield, Anthony La Paglia. Ho hum, we have seen this all before. Yet another excuse for a big time studio to team up big stars and throw in an average cliched script. And what an odd match they are too. Gere and Ryder? two opposites if I must say so. She of the Gen X crowd, and he of the housewife club brigade?. If they had some chemistry in this romantic drama that would be different, but although they both act well in it, chemistry isn't here. Gere is the rich playboy (isn't he always?) and Ryder is the innocent little 22 year old who catches his eye. Gere actually use to date her mother so it comes as a bit of a shock when he starts to take a shine to her and ask her out on several dates. Even though he tries to distance himself and she just lives for the moment, a bond develops between the two. Like all Hollywood stories though there is an obstacle. She is dying from a former of cancer. He thinks the easiest way out of this and not to get hurt by it is to distance himself now, but her sweet little cheekbones keep pulling him back. There's nothing new in here obviously, we have seen this whole dying lover thing to done to death, even recently we had "Here on Earth", which was a much more satisfying film. The film itself moves at a bit of a slow pace where nothing surprising or memorable happens, except of course if you enjoy Gere and Ryder, who are pleasant enough, especially Ryder, but isn't she always?If it's a choice between tea and crackers with Granny or this latest weepie, take the crackers.