Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) and Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) are two competitive, first class, New York divorce attorneys. They battle it out in the court room, each fighting furiously on their clients’ behalf. In spite of their obvious differences, and Audrey’s fear of relationships, an attraction develops between them. Denying her feelings, Audrey is more comfortable hating Rafferty and continues to clash with him whenever they meet…
This movie is easily categorised in the light-weight, frivolous romantic comedy section! It is the type of movie whose title will elude you a few weeks after seeing it. Pleasant, predictable and forgettable. Boy meets girl – she hates him – likes him – hates him again – likes him again – hates him – loves him! Besides the relationship part of the story there isn’t much else happening. There’s a bit of a subplot surrounding the divorce of a rock star and his fashion designer wife but this is only a filler and things get a little silly and clichéd when the big city attorneys unnecessarily travel to rural Ireland on behalf of their clients.
In the absence of a good story the movie really needed some big laughs and while the movie is amusing, the big laughs are missing.
The characters are amiable and Pierce Brosnan shows that he can definitely play many different roles. Unlike his suave James Bond role this time he is a clever but somewhat sloppy middle-aged bachelor. I’m not sure that there was enough chemistry between himself and Julianne Moore. The relationship between the characters wasn’t completely convincing. Perhaps the funniest character was Audrey’s mother played by Frances Fisher. She spends all her time trying to look younger and forbids Audrey from calling her ‘mother’ in public!
If you enjoyed movies like Two Weeks Notice, Sweet Home Alabama, or Maid In Manhattan you might enjoy this one.
The Bottom Line: Pleasant romantic comedy but nothing special.