Lanie Kerrigan, a feature reporter at a Seattle television station, seems to have it all: a baseball-superstar boyfriend, a gorgeous apartment, and a shot at a big network assignment. In the midst of a fluff-piece/interview, a homeless local street "seer" named Prophet Jack tells Lanie that she leads a meaningless existence, and will die the following week. When Prophet Jack's other predictions come true, Lanie begins to re-examine her life and priorities--which include rekindling a relationship with a cameraman with whom she has long been at odds.
Angelina Jolie plays a Seattle television reporter, a driven careerist who is told, by a homeless street prophet, that she has a week to live. This means she must discover What Really Matters, and Who She Really Is, which she does with the help of the scruffy and soulful cameraman played by Edward Burns. The movie's attempt to be a sweet, sentimental romantic comedy of second chances — a fusion of the moral uplift of "It's a Wonderful Life" with the sudsy high jinks of a Rock Hudson-Doris Day picture — fails miserably, thanks to slack writing and Ms. Jolie's abrasive, off-key performance. It's impossible to figure out who her character really is, or why anyone would care what happens to her. — A. O. Scott
2002-04-26 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Life or Something Like It