Julie Christie plays Phyllis a lonely woman married to a man name Lucky (Nick Nolte) who plays a womanizing handyman. She is an ex-movie star who spends her time watching old midnight movies that she once starred in and he goes around 'fixing' people's problems. Their relationship has been torn apart since years before when their daughter ran away from home.
The parallel story is about a young couple who have reached a bump in the road of their early marriage. Marianne (Lara Flynn Boyle) is a spacey, overwrought woman who is ignored by her somewhat epicene and callous husband Jeffrey (Jonny Lee Miller); she wants children but he doesn't even want to sleep with her.
The plot marches along somewhat predictably as the two separate stories come together and the four characters crisscross each other's lives. What is most evident is that both couples have similar troubles except that they are at opposite ends of the age spectrum. And, more to the point, the young couple is destined to repeat the mistakes of the older couple.
The problem with the movie isn't the plot though; it is Alan Rudolph's annoying style. The movie has a very deliberately paced theatrical feel and the dialogue comes across corny quite often. The movie has plenty of portentous metaphors too: Lucky is called by Marianne to build a door in her house, both Lucky and Phyllis see their runaway daughter on a bridge, etc. And, of course the coincidences in the meeting of the couples are just too much.
That said director / writer Alan Rudolph has always had a cult following and those who have enjoyed some of his better movies; such as Choose Me, The Moderns or Equinox will want to see this. For the rest of you out there I would recommend restraint unless you're really curious.
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