Message in a Bottle (1999)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Average Rating: 6.1/10
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Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Message In A Bottle stars Robin Wright Penn as Theresa Osborne, a writer for the Chicago Tribune. While her son visits her cheating ex-husband, Theresa goes on a vacation by herself. One day, while running on the beach, she finds a bottle washed up on the shore. She opens it and inside finds a love letter unlike any she's ever read. Captivated by the author's words of love, she returns to her job at the Tribune where she convinces her boss to run an article
Feb 12, 1999 Wide
Aug 3, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Costner has a free pass to be as lazy as he can possibly be, and the result is one of the most smugly alienating romantic lead performances that I can quickly call to mind.
Paul Newman as a cantankerous old man steals this movie with his character's endearing forthrightness.
Tolerate the silly and swoony story and allow yourself to drift away in the gorgeous Caleb Deschanel photography.
Have romantic dramas sunk so low that somebody would actually buy this bilge of goods?
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Message in a Bottle is that it really could have turned out to be something.
Next to this, the films of 'The Horse Whisperer' and 'The English Patient' could almost be mistaken for entries in the 'Die Hard' series.
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- Theresa Osborne: If some lives form a perfect circle, other take shape in ways we cannot predict or always understand. Loss has been part of my journey. But it has also shown me what is precious. So has love for which I can only be grateful.
- Garret Blake: Theresa! I don't want to lose you.
- Theresa Osborne: Then don't.
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