USA – 24 October 2008
France – 11 March 2009
Canada – 12 May 2009
UK – 27 July 2009
OK, I’m not sure what to do with this one. This might be the shortest one of these Random Movie Reviews I’ve done. There’s a plane crash, and Anne Hathway is a grief counselor named Claire who is assigned to provide therapy to the survivors. But nothing is as it seems. Andre Braugher plays her boss, who doesn’t seem to have an office. Dianne Wiest plays the nosiest neighbor since Gladys Kravitz. Then there’s the handsome passenger who keeps flirting with Claire.
As both a former patient and (lousy) practitioner of therapy I’m always amazed at movies like The Prince of Tides where therapists/psychologists/psychiatrists have sex with their patients without even a word of acknowledgement that they are doing something wrong. I know movies aren’t reality but they could have at least had Dr. Lowenstien (Barbra Striesand) say, “Oy I could lose my license for this mishegas!”
Because she plays a Jewish New Yorker see?
Anyway, at least in this movie Claire initially fends off Eric’s advances by telling him that sex with a patient is an ethical violation.
But again, nothing is as it appears in this movie, and that might be a weakness or a strength. I kind of was ready to savage it until I figured out what was really happening, then in the end I was actually moved.
Passengers will remind you of other films, one in particular, but if I mention it then it will spoil the film’s surprises. Does it all hold together? Not sure. Sort of. What really makes it worth seeing for me are the performances of the supporting players like Braugher, Wiest, David Morse, and Clea DuVall. If you don’t like any of the above actors then don’t bother. I think they’re all great.
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Maybe I’m being generous, but I recommend it and I’m giving it a solid…
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