Scott Marks noon, Aug. 24
'Til There Was You
Lelouchian itinerary of coincidence and convergence on the road map of romance -- but cutesified to the heights of embarrassment. And after all, the entire thing is one, long, teasingly delayed Meet-Cute. (The model is probably Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle, more than Lelouch's And Now My Love.) Sarah Jessica Parker is her normal entertaining self as a former TV child star and recovering drug addict, but she's just a satirical detour along the freeway of syrup (e.g., the L.A. architectural oasis, La Fortuna, a Spanish Colonial apartment complex where every resident is a "character" and where the shower of flower petals is perpetual). With Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dylan McDermott; written by Winnie Holzman; directed by Scott Winant. 1997.