In last year’s ”Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” Graham’s swinging sexpot, Felicity Shagwell, had one-night stands on her dirty little mind. In this quirky $3 million comedy, however, she does a moral about-face as Joline — a newlywed abandoned when her husband (Wilson) heads for Texas to find himself. But rather than taking the hint, she sees her marital crisis as the ultimate test of her faith. So Joline swallows her pride and hightails it to El Paso to, according to Graham, ”benevolently stalk” her hubby.
Written and directed by indie darling Krueger (”Manny & Lo”), the film marks Graham’s first leading role after sizzling supporting turns as ”Boogie Nights”’ Rollergirl, ”Bowfinger”’s do-anything ingenue, and Mike Myers’ shagadelic love interest. ”Even before ”Boogie Nights” Heather was at the top of my list and I was ready to go to the mat to get her,” says Krueger, who initially feared that Miramax might not cotton to casting the then-unbankable actress. ”But after Rollergirl I obviously didn’t have to at all. She just became this huge star-thing overnight.” BUZZ FACTOR: 6
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