Plot & Details
First seen over the Showtime cable network on June 29, 2001, On the Edge is a compendium of three short science-fiction films, each with a decidedly feminist slant. The first segment, directed by Helen Mirren, is "Happy Birthday," in which a straight-A student (Sidney Tamilia Poitier) seeks recourse after she is "quota'd out" of graduate school. Next up is "The Other Side," directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, wherein a scientific genius (Anthony LaPaglia) clones himself upon learning that he has inoperable cancer -- only to find himself and his clone as two points in a romantic triangle. Closing out the program is writer/director Anne Heche's "Reaching Normal," the tale of a bored housewife (Andie McDowell) and her "telepathic twin," an eccentric college professor (Paul Rudd). The best of the batch is "Happy Birthday"; the other two stories are distressingly predictable.
- Genre(s): Science Fiction
- Run Time: 95min.
- Director(s): Mary Stuart Masterson, Anne Heche
- Starring: Andie MacDowell , Paul Rudd , Anthony LaPaglia , John Goodman , David Hyde Pierce
- Themes: Future Dystopias,Psychic Abilities,Experiments Gone Awry
- Tone: Reflective,Understated
- Keywords: telepath, cancer, clone, graduate-student, love-triangle, professor, telepathy, wife