September 26, 2013
Since I read the book first, I had unusually high expectations for this movie. And it completely delivered. It was funny and charming and kept me guessing even though I knew the ending already! Jennifer Coolidge as Miss Charming was a hoot and a perfect match for the part.
I WAS BORED AND FELL ASLEEP SEVERAL TIMES.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. One might think it a tad \"slow\" in the beginning, but the ending has just enough reversal that it makes the entire wait worth it. Thoughts of TV's \"Fantasy Island\" kept coming to mind for some reason.
Much better than the critics' rating. A sweet film that moves at a leisurely pace. Keri Russell is wonderful. Jane Seymour is wickedly great. Four stars.
August 23, 2013
Adequate script. Reasonably good performances. Good plot. Had the script been a bit better and a couple of the female leads been different, it might have made for a good movie. Jane Seymour and Miss Charming characters were miscast. 3-1/2 stars.