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A Modern Affair (1995)





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Most people fall in love and then have a baby, but one woman finds herself reversing the process in this romantic comedy. Grace Rhodes (Lisa Eichhorn) is a businesswoman inching into her 40s who has reached most of her career goals, but she is having a little trouble with her biological clock, which has started ticking very, very loudly. Grace hasn't had much luck in finding Mr. Right, and her friend Elaine (Caroline Aaron), who manages the not inconsiderable feat of being even more cynical about such matters than Grace, assures her that the man of her dreams doesn't really exist. Elaine is the first to suggest to Grace that if she wants a child and can't find a man, perhaps she should consider visiting a sperm bank. In time, Grace warms to the idea and eventually chooses sample #247. Grace becomes pregnant, and is very happy...until she starts wondering what sort of man her child's father really is. With Elaine's help, Grace cracks into the sperm bank's records and learns that #247 belongs to Peter Kessler (Stanley Tucci), a gifted but lonely photographer with serious commitment issues. Elaine meets Peter at the gallery he runs, and before long, a cautious romance begins to blossom between them, but Elaine isn't sure if this relationship is destined to last -- or when or if she should tell Peter that she's carrying his child. A Modern Affair was produced, directed, and written by Vern Oakley; it was his first feature film.

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Lisa Eichhorn
as Grace Rhodes
Stanley Tucci
as Peter Kessler
Tammy Grimes
as Dr. Gresham
Robert Joy
as Ernest Pohlsab
Wesley Addy
as Ed Rhodes
Len Stanger
as Older Executive
Jon Huberth
as Suit No. 1
Jim Lavin
as Suit No. 2
Vern Oakley
as Man with Baby
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Critic Reviews for A Modern Affair

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This mix of sitcomsitcom antics and romantic melodrama involving a couple who meet through a sperm donation is a complete misfire...

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Audience Reviews for A Modern Affair

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!

Elena Samuels
Elena Samuels

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.

Joe Forte
Joe Forte

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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