Call it the Curse of Sundance.
When Robert Redford’s film festival hit it big in the ’90s, studios launched all-out bidding wars for a string of movies which went on to thud at the box office.
This was one of those “Miramax miracles,” selling for $6 million and earning back far less.
Seen minus the hype two decades later, it is what it always was — a fun little rom-com which brightens your life for 104 minutes, and then is gone on the breeze.
Sometimes that’s enough, especially since the film helped launch solid careers for star Hope Davis and director Brad Anderson.
Fear thy neighbor.
Arriving two years before 9/11, this crackling suspense thriller tracks Jeff Bridges as he tries to convince everyone suburbia hides a bomber planning to hit America where it hurts.
Suspect #1 is Tim Robbins, a good-time guy, who, along with wife Joan Cusack, projects friendliness, while leaving some troubling questions left unanswered.
At least for Bridges, who is angry over his wife’s death — she was an FBI agent lost in the line of duty — and increasingly comes off as the unhinged one.
Willing to go where a lot of films won’t, this one lands a roundhouse to the gut.