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Bounce (PG-13)
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Director: Don Roos

Producers: Michael Besman, Steve Golin

Written by: Don Roos

Cast: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natasha Henstridge, Jennifer Grey, Tony Goldwyn, Joe Morton, David Paymer, Johnny Galecki

Rating: out of 5

What happened to Don Roos? His directorial debut was THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, which like BOUNCE, he also wrote. While SEX may have been sentimental, it had a delicious edge to it. BOUNCE has none.

Buddy (Affleck) avoids a fatal crash when he switches airplane tickets with Greg Janello (Goldwyn) in order to make time with a hot babe in an airport bar. His life goes to shambles after he turns to drinking in order to hide from his guilt. After coming out of rehab, in an effort to make amends, he seeks out Janello's widow, Abby (Paltrow). He then can't bring himself to tell her he is responsible for her husband's death, and of course they fall in love. How long will he keep the secret? And will Abby ever forgive him if she finds out? It's a nail-biter, folks.

What Affleck's character does is really pretty slimy. I mean, he beds Abby pretty damn fast. Now, I don't mind a flawed protagonist, except for the fact that all events in the movie are clearly constructed to try to get us to ignore the slime. And I wouldn't even mind that if he were going to really have to face some bad consequences. But he won't; this is Hollywood.

You know, I really hate movie trailers sometimes. The preview I had seen of BOUNCE seemed to give away every important scene in the movie. Turns out it did. Not only that, it made it look like a cloying, believability-straining cheesefest. Okay, so it was a cloying, believability-straining cheesefest, but come on, do a better job of hiding it, guys, please?

But here, I don't want to seem mean-spirited; let's see if I can come up with anything positive.

Tony Goldwyn is charming in his short role as the doomed husband. And Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow are very believable playing the exact same characters they always play. No, really, they were good, I mean that. And... uh... BOUNCE has a cool, hypnotic opening credit sequence... let's see, what else...

No, I guess that's about it.

—Quin Arbeitman

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