Undoubtedly one of my favourite films
Gwyneth Paltrow plays Helen Quilley, she works in Public Relations and
is dating an idiot who is cheating on her (come on guys, would you?)
After losing her job she heads home early, and the film then follows
two Parallel realities, that cross over and intertwine in a very clever
manner, that adds a great deal to the movies quality.
One way, she gets home and finds him cheating, and the other way she is
mugged and her boyfriend gets away with it, at least for now.
In this wonderfully charming romantic comedy, great performances from,
Paltrow, Lynch, Hannah and Tripplehorn plus a good script and some good
laughs all add up to a movie i simply don't tire of. I can't quite put
my finger on what it is, i just love it.
9/10 and a must for Paltrow Fans.
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I love it when filmmakers experiment. Christopher Nolan's been known to
do that, and even though his biggest films have been the two recent
Batman films both are experiments of their own, his greatest
achievements involve the wildly original Memento. Sliding Doors delved
into uncharted territory for 1998 and beyond; not since then has a
movie tackled such an interesting concept. Kudos to the writer/director
Peter Howitt for creating such a refreshing and unique take on the
You have to ask yourself...what would've happen if or what could've
become of with a concept like this.
Helen (Paltrow) leaves her aimless, writer boyfriend in the A.M. and
heads to her P.R. job only to get "shacked." When she tries to enter
the subway back home, one of two significant things happen that a
little girl prevents: She gets on and finds both a new male, James
(Hannah) and her old beau in bed with Basic Instinct's Jeanne
Tripplehorn who plays the mistress, Lydia OR she misses the train and
after a nasty spell, carries on with her life with her mischievous and
Brilliantly the movie takes us in two overlapping directions with two
"Helen"s both of whom, thanks to the wonderful acting of Paltrow, you
Here's one aspect I actually didn't like, but didn't hinder my overall
view of the film: the Helen that knows of the affair, cuts her hair
short and blonde a la another 1990s icon: Jane Mancini (Josie Bissett
of Melrose Place), so that it's dumbed down enough for the audience to
determine between that Helen and the original brown and long-haired
Helen's story. It's as if they didn't have enough confidence in the
audience that they would know where one story's going and the other's
headed. I got it already. One Helen's melancholy, though pushing
forward with the new James and the other's working multiple jobs due to
losing her P.R. employment.
Nevertheless and again, you'll watch each storyline unfold with
overlapping scenes that were filmed exquisitely with ease, tension,
suspense, romance and harboring a fantastic and absolute 1990s
soundtrack. Wow, I used to love Aqua! Back to the story You'll follow
Helen 1 and 2 on their parallel quests to meet up with fate. Will Helen
2 learn of her dead-beat boyfriend's infidelity? Will Helen 1 learn
James is her soul mate? Will any of this make sense and what will we
gain from it? I loved this movie. I loved the originality of it. I
loved the acting both Hannah and Paltrow were excellent. I loved the
cinematography and the overlapping scenes.
The movie's not 100% perfect it starts to run out of steam with its
own ideas, but the director was well enough aware to know when to cut
his losses and finish off the movie. But, I challenge anyone to come up
with another 5 movies that are as original as this or another favorite
of mine, Memento. But a movie can't survive on a premise or gimmick
alone; the movie must have the right writing and talent in front of the
screen to pull it off. And this enormously romantic comedy hits all the