Birth, death, marriage, dinner — the stuff of every ordinary life. Who wants to pay $7 to see it on the big screen? This type of Hollywood logic is what prevents more movies like Once Around from getting made and, if they do, from being shown in more than a handful of theaters.
For waitress Renata Bella (Holly Hunter), ordinary life becomes extraordinary when she meets loudmouthed real estate salesman Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss). Suddenly she knows happiness, but also quotidian strife. In the end she learns to trade an attachment to her loving parents (Danny Aiello and Gena Rowlands) for a greater affection toward herself. The rest is birth, death, etc. Plot is replaced by the small ironies favored by director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog). Which makes it a little like life, the kind that doesn’t look so hot on a movie poster but looks pretty good to each of us.B