Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 29, 1994 Released by: Touchstone Pictures
Peter Brackett and Sabrina Peterson (Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts) work for different Chicago newspapers. He is a seasoned columnist and she is a new reporter. They meet when Brackett is forced to cover the same story as Peterson. She scoops him and that sets up a competition between the two to get the story and eventually solve the mystery.
The relationship between the two leads are billed a romantic and they do fall in love during their adventure, but there is little spark between them on the screen. Nolte looks the part of a handsome, debonair man about town who has success and fame. Roberts looks the part of a lean hungry reporter but there is no passion in her performance wen it comes to Nolte. Without that spark the basic theme fails. She is quite good when she is beating him to the headline and even when he upstages her with some juicy piece of evidence.
There is of course a conspiracy and the evidence is on a microfilm which the assassin (James Rebhorn) kills to secure. The two reporters chase evidence from Chicago to Las Vegas and end up in a shoot out with the assassin. Marsha Mason plays a senator who has an interest in the information and Saul Rubinek is her trusted aid.
The comedy comes between Brackett and Peterson as they do everything to gain the upper hand on each other. Brackett even leaves her nude in front of a gawking troop of boy scouts.
The cast is deep and rich. Robert Loggia portrays Chicago Chronicle editor Matt Greenfield, Charles Martin Smith (Never Cry Wolf) is Medwick, editor of the Chicago Globe. Olympia Dukakis is Brakett's secretary/assistant.
Director Charles Shyer and producer Nancy Meyer, who are also co-writers, have a perfect formula: big stars, mystery, adventure, and romance. Too bad it doesn't add up to a big hit.
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