There are two sides to every story. What if a person can live both of them, at the same time, without realizing it? What if every decision you make is actually affecting your own future? What if you are making a mistake without even you realizing it? What if your future is totally different if you were making a different choice? What a difference a few seconds can make? What if... What if... What if...
Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) discovers that she had been unjustifiably sacked from her job. And then we see her life split into two different storylines; In reality one, Helen catches the subway, meets James (John Hannah) and arrives home to find her boyfriend, Gerry (John Lynch) cheating on her with his ex-girlfriend Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn). In reality two, Helen misses the subway, eventually arrives late to find Gerry home alone, unbeknownst that the mistress had left. The two realities move forward in tandem; which follows her separate journeys. Directed by Peter Howitt.
I caught this movie when I was in college years ago, and it made me think how a difference a few split second can change your life. I mean, my life could been different if I took a different path! It really makes me pondering about life. Does my life is pre-determine? Or is it just a chaotic plan that somehow finding its own way to something? The film explores the concept of parallel lives with amazing dexterity and simplicity. It uses wit and movement and most importantly silence to convey two stories. I really admired the "message" in this film, which is that it is the tiniest things, the smallest, most insignificant details, which can change your life and history. The film also seems to indicate, that ultimately no matter what choices we make, our fate (or destiny) is sealed, but even then, only to a certain extent. We still have free will, but so much of it is influenced by the thousands of "accidents" and chance circumstances, most of which we will never fully realize the effect they have had on our lives. A very delightful romantic comedy with a plot that is easy to follow, albeit somewhat contrived, and acting that is equally delightful.
This movie is light and good escapist entertainment. I kept asking myself; why Helen or Lydia spent time with Gerry? He's a cheater and a moron. These women are beautiful, intelligent, and they kept hanging on to a total loser, even though I'm sure they could have had any man. I know that one has to suspend disbelief a little bit when seeing a film, but that was a bit of stretch. I do feel Gwyneth Paltrow's English accent is a bit blah. Funny dialogues everywhere; my favorite ones are: "Gerry, I'm a woman! We don't say what we WANT! But we reserve the right to get pissed off if we don't get it. That's what makes us so fascinating! And not a little bit scary." and the best one, "I'm trying to be your girlfriend Gerry! I'm trying to win you back! I'm standing on the platform at Limbo Central with my heart and soul packed in my suitcase waiting for the Gerry Fucking Express to roll in and tell me that my ticket is still valid and that I may reboard the train. Only the station announcer keeps coming on and telling me that my train has been delayed as the driver has suffered a major panic attack in Indecision City, 'We suggest you take the bus!' That's what I have been trying to do, you cripple!" Heheh, cool movie.
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