"Are you here because you need someone, or you need me?" With those immortal words, Cameron Crowe accentuated a long-standing problem between men and women in the movies -- as well as in real life. Of course, Lloyd Dobler ultimately did not care about the answer to that question and he escorted the love of his life, Diane Court, overseas to presumably spend the rest of their lives together.

In the newly released film Don McKay, Thomas Haden Church plays a lowly janitor who is coaxed back to his hometown by the love of his youth, whom he has never forgotten. The catch is that the woman, played by Elisabeth Shue, is now dying and presumably not long for this Earth. Only now has she realized her mistake in letting him drift away so many years ago ... and only now is she asking for his hand in marriage. What a proposition, huh? She gets a month or so of married bliss while poor Don will be saddled with further grief, even after he has tended to her needs and seen her through the rough parts of her illness. There's a story of a romance in there, even if Don McKay is anything but an entry into romantic revelry. Let us think back on this trend of too little, too late.
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