Incredibly charming film, full of warm characterizations and a very 90s influenced social insight level, but ultimately it lacks a fist – and succumbs to mediocrity by the end. Still, kind of loved it, for its set of nice people. You'd like to hang out and have a beer with this film.
When I saw this film at the cinema back in the day, I really really loved it. I went to see it for the sake of Timothy Hutton back then but this film turned out to be the masterpiece of all the little "the city dweller visits hometown and discovers himself" dramas. The scipt is solid and amazingly well-written. I really do love this film. Thank you Ted Demme. You are a wonderful director. We miss you.
A quite timeless, warm, funny and well-written film where the viewer is treated like an intelligent being would be and the characters are skilfully played, this will most likely be an underground modern classic gem to me. Natalie Portman is brilliant. The basic story is played out in two minutes: city guy returns to home town. The rest unravels as the film progresses. Shakespearesque dialogue. Very nice.
I'm a sucker for coming-of-age movies, and this didn't exactly turn me off. It has that refreshing Breakfast Club-feel to it. Timeless, funny with a bittersweet end. Excellent casting with a script to match. A hidden gem.
(...)Die Männer beharren auf einer Art universalen Ideals und manchmal geben sich die Frauen selbst die Schuld daran, eben das nicht zu erreichen. Am Ende ist es Liebe, die uns auf den Boden der Tatsachen zurück holt: Wir können ein Ideal lieben. Zusammen sein können wir aber nur mit einem menschlichen Wesen. Mit all seinen Fehlern.
What a well-kept secret this was. I had never heard of it, and yet, an immense feeling of familiarity came over me when I finally watched it. Perhaps because there are no big disasters, childhood repressions or death-threatening tragedies, only ordinary life. It explores male insecurity and fear of commitment while it gives its female characters the reasoning and keen shrewdness in a wonderfully written screenplay.