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Playing By Heart

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Sean Connery, Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
120 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/22/99
performer:
Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Anthony Edwards, Angelina Jolie, Jay Mohr, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, Jon Stewart, Madeleine Stowe
director:
Willard Carroll
distributor:
Miramax
author:
80520
genre:
Comedy, Romance, Drama

We gave it a C-

Playing by Heart, a dramedy about lovelorn couples, plays like a short-attention-span ”Hannah and Her Sisters.” As in Woody Allen’s masterpiece, three sisters link multiple stories, but this film switches between couples after every scene — resulting in narrative whiplash. Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands fare the best as parents grappling with a long-forgotten indiscretion; Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe find romance in clubland; Gillian Anderson and Jon Stewart tiptoe toward love. Yet with relationship patter that sounds like acting-class exercises, almost none of these stories feel true.

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