Really enjoyed this movie, easy viewing
Overall enjoyed this movie although was a bit disconcerting to follow at times. Found myself getting very annoyed with Paltrow's boyfriend - what a lazy, sleeze bag! Why do women allow themselves to stay in such situations. Didn't actually think much of the other guy either although he was supposed to be the shining knight in armour. Fancied Paltrow's g/f, she was an interesting character. Good idea for a story/ film, although bit frustrating watching a bunch of characters that you are either annoyed at or don't like. Maybe its more of a girl movie, ie. fate, luck etc etc., your life is never the result of conscious decisions.
My rating 3.5
well acted, reasonable story..nothing outsatnding, emotion raising or thoughtful, but OK for watching he once
I love this movie with its two different scenarios. In the end James and Helen get together anyway. If its meant to be it will happen!
Maybe we ream our lives and there is another us somewhere. An interesting thought. The film is well cast and keeps you alert.
Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), a PR executive, turns up late once too often for a committee meeting being held at a London office and gets fired by her boss. She marches out of the office block into the street, and takes the escalator down to the underground just in time to catch a train. She's feeling low but in the seat next to her is one of those pests, James (John Hannah), who persistently keeps talking to her when she wants to be left alone in her misery. Returning to her flat unexpectedly, she finds her lazy live-in boyfriend, Gerry (John Lynch), in bed with Lydia, a woman she has never seen before. She retires to the local hotel bar to drown her woes, and is picked up later by her girlfriend, who takes her to her flat, and puts her to bed. Next morning the pair decide on a strategy which transforms Helen into a blond and a new career path mapped out. But what if the sliding doors of the underground train close before she's able to board it, decides she won't wait for the next one, and goes back up the escalator to catch a taxi home. Just as it drives up, she's mugged and knocked to the ground. The taxidriver takes her to hospital, where she's patched up and rested for a while. Returning to her flat at about four in the afternoon, she finds Gerry in the shower, having spent the day making love to Lydia. He's all over her, of course, commiserating with her about losing her job and, to cheer her up, takes her out to dinner at that same hotel where, in her other life, she gets horribly drunk. Paltrow, always interesting to watch, gives a creditable performance as the two Helens, one who turns blond and the other who remains a brunette. She deserves better than the two male leads chosen. Neither have the charisma to match hers'. Gerry's friend, played by Douglas McFerran, is excellent, and brings a real spark to the scenes in which he appears. A lightweight romantic comedy which is very average entertainment.
10 years on I still enjoy this movie. John Hannah
A nice film that supports the idea of fate.
Quite confusing and needs a lot of concentration to follow the story, as it is continually going back and forth in time.
Sometimes we wonder, what if? Which life would you pick. John Hanna is just superb (and gorgeous) which also helps this film.
Really enjoyed this movie.
The "Groundhog day" of drama films over the last 25 years... influencial, perceptive and with a lovely central performance from Gwyneth Paltrow (pre dating Rene Zellweiger's Bridget Jones accent).
The story is thought provoking and the ending a cosmic meditation on the subject of CHOICE.
Great movie, great acting and script, a must see
Well acted and well put together. Very amusing in parts.
Excellent casting and script.
Maybe our lives are like this, in that we have many choices, and just the shutting of one door can make so much difference. Gwyneth Paltrow is great. Only problem is that its sometimes difficult to differentiate the times.