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Random Hearts
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Starring: Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Nothing really bad, but it's not a movie that will keep their attention.
Date Movie: Not if either of you are married and stepping out.
Gratuitous Sex: Yes. One scene but no blatant nudity.
Gratuitous Violence: A fist fight and drive-by but that's all.
Action: See "Violence."
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: There is one haunting scene where rescue divers are under water in the plane crash and you see the dead still belted in. Very realistic. Gave me shivers.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stands out. I think the writers tried to give Harrison something memorable but it didn't work.
Directed By: Sydney Pollack
Produced By: Sydney Pollack, Marykay Powell

Random Hearts
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:13 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
Every few years I re-teach myself a very painful lesson. That lesson? I can't handle drinking shots. You can pour beer and serve me Jack and Cokes all night long, but serve me shots… In no time I'll be puking on my shoes as I pass out in a bathroom stall. I guess I'm just human, and being human I tend to forget or think I am more than I really am. So why should it surprise me when great actors make shitty movies? Well, when it comes to Harrison Ford I guess I expect too much. Harrison is a Hollywood powerhouse and has a good track record of picking the right role at the right time. "Star Wars," for example, sure it was a cheesy flick but perfect for the time and is now a classic. With the possible exceptions of the ever so slow "Mosquito Coast" and sell out for cash "Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom," I really don't think Harrison has made a movie I didn't like. Heck, I even thought "Sabrina" was OK. Well, Harry disappointed me in his latest return to the big screen "Random Hearts."

"Random Hearts" was supposed to be a gripping love story about two very different people whose lives are thrown together as a result of a Greek-like tragedy. Dutch Van Den Broeck (Ford) is a tough meat & 'tatters kind of guy working for NYPD Internal Affairs. Dutch is working on a case where a bad cop won't think twice about dusting him and the last thing he needs is a mind distraction. Kay Chandler (Thomas) is a champagne, high-society gal whose daddy's legacy got her elected to Congress. She is in a bitter re-election bid and really needs her wits about her. When Dutch's spouse dies in a plane crash sitting next to Kay's husband, Dutch learns that it was no accident that the two were sitting together. Dutch spends the rest of the film trying to find out why his lovable wife cheated on him because there were no signs of marital disharmony. In fact, she was late to the airport the day she died because she made love to Dutch that morning. Kay, on the other hand, seems not to want to accept the fact that her hubby was fooling around, so she spends most of the movie in "Fuck it. It's over. I've got to go on." denial. Given these circumstances only Hollywood would have them fall in love and have steamy sex in a getaway cabin in the middle of the woods. Oh brother…

Aside from a shitty premise, this movie also failed because of poor writing. Ford's character was a little too cliché-ish as a tough cop. Not only were his words poorly written, he really didn't say all that much in the whole movie. I did however enjoy the writing of Thomas' character in the beginning and end of the movie. She did a great job of being a sophisticated Congresswoman and showed dignity in the end when she looses out on all. The middle part of her role with her instantly falling in love with Harrison was too much for me to believe.

If you didn't see this movie in its opening week (and a lot of you did because it was #2 at the box office) save your money and wait for it to be on cable. And even then if the WWF or an "Ernest" movie is on your TV, your time might be better spent either of those and not "Random Hearts." The movie had a few good moments so I can't leave it hanging out there with zero stars, but it really doesn't merit much, so… I give "Random Hearts" 1 star out of 5. "Random Hearts" wasn't that good and I'm Stu Gotz. Nuff said!

 

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