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.
(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.
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.
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?
here, I don't want to seem mean-spirited;
let's see if I can come up with anything
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...
I guess that's about it.