She's the One (1996)
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as Heather Davis
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as Mr. De Lucca
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Burns manages to take on a laundry list of touchy issues in a relatively frank, unflinching manner. His characters retain their dignity and integrity without false dramatic redemption. It's a true adult saga.
She's the One isn't slick, smooth or particularly good, and it offers only a perfunctory exploration of the human heart.
Edward Burns returns to the themes of family and love that he examined in The Brothers McMullen.
Sadly, the 28-year-old Irish auteur from New York lost his footing while stepping up the Hollywood food chain. Slickness set in.
She's The One is carefully observed, well-made, enjoyable, thought-provoking and even funny.
Audience Reviews for She's the One
Though the dialogue is usually sharp and funny (when not being blatantly redundant), the biggest problem of this comedy, besides the fact that it takes itself much more seriously than it should, is that all characters except the one played by Jennifer Aniston are so selfish and hateful.
The films of Edward Burns are very earnest, romantic, and they try to encapsulate the lives of New Yorkers in the mid-nineties. There's definitely a lot to love about this film, from its interwoven characters and their love lives, to the harsh realities of love being splattered onscreen, to the slightly detestable and yet likable Heather, played by the very talented Cameron Diaz. Most of the character development was spot on, and yet the dialogue was littered with clichés, which is the most uninspiring thing about this film. If it weren't for the great performances from Diaz, Aniston, and Mahoney I wouldn't be toting those aspects, because without them the dialogue falls flat. Maxine Bahns, who was Burns' real life girlfriend at the time, is particularly stiff and there's no chemistry between her and Burns onscreen. By the end of the film little has been resolved and we're left with characters who aren't as complex as we had previously hoped.
Mr. Fitzpatrick: Let me get this straight. You don't want to cheat on your girlfriend with your wife?
Like with the other Edward Burns movies I have seen, I'm sort of in the middle here. He definitely has some skills as a filmmaker, yet his movies seem to be missing something. She's the One is a decent Romantic Comedy. It's not your typical romcom and I like it for that. Burns kind of reminds me of a not as a great Woody Allen. He writes, directs and stars in all of his stuff, he deals with the same subjects in his movies and there is something about each scene that tells you it is a Burns movie. Now after just a few experiences of watching his movies I feel like I could see a scene from any of his movies and know right away it's his, just like with Woody Allen.
She's the One is a watchable and likable "comedy," although I think of it more as a drama. It just seems like a key piece of a great movie is missing here and it just drags the whole movie down. I want to like this so much more then I do. There's a lot to like and yet a lot to scoff at and say "What the hell?"
I'll watch anything Burns does because he has a great skill that he hasn't totally realized yet. When he finds that last piece of the puzzle, it's going to be incredibly special.
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