An egotistical TV reporter learns to appreciate the good things in life thanks to an eccentric, homeless clairvoyant in this old-fashioned romantic comedy from director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus). Seattle native Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) has spent most of her adult existence trying to live down her gawky, geeky adolescence: She toils for hours at the gym to keep cellulite at bay; she's managed to snag an engagement to a star baseball player (Christian Kane); and through her chipper puff pieces on the nightly news, she's cultivated a loyal following of couch potatoes who pester her for autographs. She's ready to take the next step to national news when her boss suggests she further hone her skills with ace cameraman Pete Scanlon (Edward Burns), who also happens to be an old flame of Lanie's. Her comfortable but shallow existence begins to change the moment she and Pete do a story on Prophet Jack (Tony Shaloub), a sage soothsayer who spouts unusually accurate predictions to passers-by in exchange for spare change. Jack offers up the theory that Lanie will not get her cushy promotion; in fact, he says she'll die within a week. When Jack's other prophecies start coming true, Lanie starts living each day as if it were her last -- much to the dismay of her co-workers and her fiancé. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
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It was okay, a bit predictable, but a nice story and the dynamic between Lanie & her sister actually played pretty well (toward the end, not at the start when her sister just came off like a brat). Tony Shalhoub was good in his small role; he sure seems to have a knack for playing that character type (note his series "Monk" and his guest appearance in episode "Soft Light" of the X-Files). My only real complaint is that horrible, horrible hair. Really, what were they thinking??
I think everyone is way too harsh on this film and on Angelina. I am a huge fan of hers, and I love the blonde hair. This movie follows a hugely egotistical reporter, dating a baseball player, who is suddenly told her life is on the wrong path by a profit. Immediatly she needs to turn her life around, or let her fate come true, her fate being death. I love her transformation in this. A definate must see.
Thank god for Tony Shaloub! He was great as usual. Characters played by Jolie and Burns where silly and predictable. Good movie if you're not expecting too much or don't want to think too hard. It does have it's moments.