Playing By Heart
Playing by Heart
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.