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Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Lolita Davidovich and Marin Landau

Rated: R for nudity and adult themes.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: January 21, 1994 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Richard Gere stars as a successful architect, Vincent Eastwood. He's put himself in a complicated situation by leaving his wife, Sally (played by Sharon Stone) for journalist girlfriend Olivia (played by Lolita Davidovich - Blaze) while continuing to work with his ex-wife, who's also his business partner.

Vincent can't commit to a permanent relationship with Olivia. He lives in an apartment with her, but leaves his car garaged at Sally's house. He also makes plans to accompany his ex-wife and their 13-year-old daughter on vacation, and further upsets Olivia by postponing construction on their dream house.

AVincent's reluctance to server old ties has caused tension with both women. Even Martin Landau, who plays a concerned friend and coworker, tells him that he's spreading himself too thin. He warns that he should have one house with one family.

The fact that the two women are totally different from one another probably makes Vincent's decision more difficult. Sally is smart, blond and very reserved. One of the things that Vincent complains about is her lack of emotion. Olivia, on the other hand, is redheaded, fun-loving and unpredictable. Stone's performance is so wooden, she almost blends into the woodwork. She's and unbelievably bland actress, but Davidovich is bubbly and infectious.

Vincent has a terrible accident in the opening of the film while speeding along a two lane road, after making up his mind about which woman he wants to spend his life with. The remainder of the film is told by using flashbacks. From his engagement to Sally, to his meeting Olivia for the firs time, the story moves back and forth from the past to the present and back again with confusing frequency, making the story hard to follow and very slow moving.

Gere does a good job with what he has to work with, but the script is excessively slow and tedious. The last 20 minutes or so is interesting and wraps the film up nicely, but unfortunately, it's too little, too late.

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