Steve says:A Rom-Com that's both sweetly romantic and charmingly funny. The "witness-relocation" excuse to relocate 2 urbanites to small, rural, western America was a bit forced, but their fish-out-of-water reaction was very believable, humorous and consistent with my own experience. 1st film I've ever seen SJP in, and was pleased with her range. HG was funny if a bit one-dimensional. A fun couple hours.
Julie says:This charming romantic comedy offers surprising substance and realism, along with the love story and laughs.
The characters are an older-than-average couple for this genre, and already married for several years when the story takes place. In an impressive and courageous move, they decide to forgive each other's infidelity and pursue making their marriage work, instead of opting for divorce like so many people (even in films) these days.
While their foray out of the Big City and into rural life is fun to watch, the story takes a gutsy turn at the end of their stay. Instead of the fairy-tale ending of having them come to love their new town where they obviously don't fit, they take the lessons they've learned and happily go back home to New York. For me, it's always more impressive when characters put what they've learned to work in their own "home" circumstances, instead of having a permanent, rather unbelievable and overly dramatic change of situation put them on the right path.
Another really fun part of this movie is Hugh Grant's actual encounter with a real, live grizzly bear. Check out the special feature on DVD and see how he does it - without becoming lunch.
This is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time - and I don't generally go in for chick flicks, so that's saying something. I would definitely recommend it.
S&J Rate This Film: 3.5/5 Stars