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On pa­per, this bit­ter­sweet ro­man­tic com­edy has quite a bit go­ing for it – but re­al­ism cer­tainly isn’t a pri­or­ity. Jen­nifer Gar­ner stars as Gray – who is ap­pro­pri­ately named, given her lack of per­son­al­ity. The young wo­man is try­ing to get back on track fol­low­ing her fi­ance’s death. Shortly af­ter his funeral, she dis­cov­ers that he had been sup­port­ing a wo­man in an­other city and that his best friend – whom she de­spises – knew all about it. As she learns more about her fi­ance’s se­cret life and re­alises he wasn’t ex­actly the man she thought he was, she also be­gins to re-eval­u­ate his friend.

Di­rec­tor Su­san­nah Grant has cov­ered this sort of turf be­fore – on the in­fin­itely su­pe­rior In Her Shoes, among other movies – but as a writer. This movie just doesn’t con­vince; its char­ac­ters seem en­tirely one-di­men­sional and, in the cases of her fi­ance’s mistress, played by Juli­ette Lewis, and his room­mate (Kevin Smith, in the com­edy fat-friend role), they’re just ir­ri­tat­ing. seven and eight: where be­fore he was a lov­able rogue, here he comes over as a slightly sleazier and less honourable thief. The dodgy re­vamp­ing of the theme tune (clearly done to erase the last trace of Water­man, who had sung it) doesn’t help ei­ther. Ge­orge Cole and Gary Web­ster star.

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