A Modern Affair (1995)
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as Grace Rhodes
as Peter Kessler
as Dr. Gresham
as Ernest Pohlsab
as Ed Rhodes
as Older Executive
as Suit No. 1
as Suit No. 2
as Suit No. 3
as Man with Baby
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I watched this film because I will watch anything with Stanley Tucci. I wasn't expecting much, and was surprised to come across such a gem. Grace Rhodes' biological clock is ticking and time is running out. As a single woman in New York City, she's having a hard time finding the perfect man and feels the need for something more fulfilling in her life to break her solitude. She, she finds the perfect solution, she decides to go for in vitro fertilization with an anoymous donor. Soon, she's pregnant, but that's not enough, she becomes obsessed with meeting the father in person. Stanley Tucci plays Peter Kessler, an artist who wants to hold onto his bachelor life when Grace Rhodes steps in. What follows is a beautiful, contemporary love story that could only be told our times of technology. A Modern Affair is a heart felt and unique version of the traditional boy meets girl love story. Highly recommended for a quiet evening in - or to convince a partner to have a child!! Stanley Tucci and Lisa Eichhorn are both wonderful, by the way!
A Modern Affair is a great romantic film, but this stems mostly from where the romance isn't. This film does a great job portraying the way relationships really work - there is no huge blow up conflict, grandiose "Say Anything" gesture, and then the two ride into the sunset. Rather, A Modern Affair takes a look at the fact that relationships can be messy, but there can still always be happiness and hope despite this. The film is mostly a drama, but there are some snidely funny moments, which lends an intellectual sense of humor to the plot. A huge plus is Stanley Tucci's charisma throughout the movie, and Lisa Eichhorn's overall likability as an actress. It's interesting to watch Tucci as a young actor and in a very low key, honest role - a good foreshadowing of why he plays the roles he does not. Overall, this film is definitely worth the watch.
Lisa Eichhorn, Stanley Tucci, and Caroline Aaron are all at their best in this one. Being a huge Stanley Tucci fan, it was interesting to see him in his first big role, before any of his blockbuster movies. You can really see why his career took off after watching it. His performance as an edgy, carefree bachelor is really convincing, and extremely relate-able for men everywhere. The plot was compelling and surprisingly relevant for a film that's 20 years old; definitely ahead of it's time.
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