3.5 stars. An ugly little film with a lot of heart that single-handedly redeemed Adam Sander as a performer... at least for a while. Less ungainly than some of Anderson's more operatic works and more convincingly human. One of the only instances in which I found found a completely abstract use of colours moving instead of just sensorily satisfying. Occupies a tiny buzzing part of my brain.
Inexplicably, I slept on this for a long time. A decade and a half later, after having the urge to take it in, I am not overly impressed. On an aesthetic level, this is beautiful. Lean, stripped bare – stark cinematography complimented by a lilting harmonium-laced score. Further than that? Conventional rom-com plot slammed against a more charming and unique extortionist plot. Enjoyable, but also kind of irritating.