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Release Date: June 13, 2003

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno and Sergi Lopez

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Jerry
Langford Juliette Binoche and
Jean Reno are both terrific
actors, but make an odd
pairing for the slow and
plodding French romantic
comedy JET LAG. Yet, this
sweet story has an undeniable
warm charm and mature
sensibility about it. As
thousands of people are stuck
in Paris' de Gaulle airport
due to poor weather and an air
traffic controllers strike,
two unlikely characters keep
meeting each other. Is it
fate, or just
coincidence? Felix and Rose
(Reno and Binoche) seem
destined to be acquainted.
First, she borrows his cell
phone after cleverly losing
hers. Then, he takes calls
from her family members who
are trying to reach her.
Finally, in one of the movie's
boldest and beautiful scenes,
he steps in to rescue her from
an abusive relationship. Hours
later, Felix innocently offers
to share his hotel room with
Rose so that they both can
rest for a few hours before
catching flights to other
countries. He is a talented
chef with a nervous condition
and she is a bold beautician
running from a bad marriage.
Of course, they have little in
common. Of course, they are
opposites in many respects.
And, of course, they will fall
for each other before the
amusing closing credits
roll. While genuinely humorous
at times, JET LAG dishes out
diet-laughs rather than funny
feasts. The humor tends to be
more slapstick than brilliant
or snappy dialogue, but the
talented actors convey a
sweetness and maturity to the
story that is nearly absent in
the script. Capable leads
aside, the real problem with
JET LAG is the idea (however
romantic) that two people
could fall in love in such a
short time together. Sure,
people thrown together by
stressful or traumatic
experiences share a unique
bond, but it seems contrived
to call it love. On the other
hand, this is, after all, a
light-hearted romantic
comedy. To be fair, JET LAG is
not entirely predictable. The
main characters are both
rebounding from bad
relationships and life-long
mistakes. To the writer's
credit, both set off to
undergo personal changes
before rushing into another
relationship in their weakened
state. These brief scenes near
the end of the movie may
confuse some viewers, but they
are pivotal to the future
success of Felix and Rose as a
couple. It is as if each must
get their own house in order
before committing to a new and
promising union. Due to its
theme and some content, JET
LAG is recommended for mature
audiences. Yes, it is a little
slow and meandering at times,
but the story has a tenderness
that manages to come through.
Maybe the movie poster should
warn: "JET LAG may induce
drowsiness, but it's only a
brief stopover to your final
destination." Please address
your comments to: Bob and
Harvey
Weinstein Co-Chairmen Miramax
Films 375 Greenwich Street New
York, NY 10013 Phone: (323)
822-4100 & (212) 941-3800 Fax:
(212) 941-3846 Website:
www.miramax.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 85 minutes

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Content:

(RoRoRo, Cap, Fe, LL, V, S, NN, A, M) Strong Romantic worldview about "fate" bringing two lonely people together at a Paris airport, with some capitalist and feminist elements; 17 obscenities (five "f" words), one strong profanity, four exclamations of "My God," and brief scene of woman using a toilet; violence includes man with temper slamming silverware onto a table and some talk of an abusive relationship; couple shown lying on bed together (clothed), couple kisses passionately while lying on a bench, brief scenes and audio of a porn channel (with no nudity shown), and references to woman faking sexual arousal; brief upper female nudity of woman lying in bed and brief rear nudity as woman leaves swimming pool; alcohol use; no smoking or drug use; and, lying to husband rebuked, man reconciles with distant father after 20 years, and man offers to share hotel room with tired woman.

GENRE: Romantic Comedy

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Summary:

JET LAG is a romantic comedy from France about a talented chef with a nervous condition and a beautician running from a bad marriage who meet during an airport layover and fall in love. Though a little slow and plodding at times, the story has a compelling tenderness, despite strong foul language and nudity.

Review:

Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno are both terrific actors, but make an odd pairing for the slow and plodding French romantic comedy JET LAG. Yet, this sweet story has an undeniable warm charm and mature sensibility about it. As thousands of people are stuck in Paris' de Gaulle airport due to poor weather and an air traffic controllers strike, two unlikely characters keep meeting each other. Is it fate, or just coincidence?

Felix and Rose (Reno and Binoche) seem destined to be acquainted. First, she borrows his cell phone after cleverly losing hers. Then, he takes calls from her family members who are trying to reach her. Finally, in one of the movie's boldest and beautiful scenes, he steps in to rescue her from an abusive relationship. Hours later, Felix innocently offers to share his hotel room with Rose so that they both can rest for a few hours before catching flights to other countries. He is a talented chef with a nervous condition and she is a bold beautician running from a bad marriage. Of course, they have little in common. Of course, they are opposites in many respects. And, of course, they will fall for each other before the amusing closing credits roll.

While genuinely humorous at times, JET LAG dishes out diet-laughs rather than funny feasts. The humor tends to be more slapstick than brilliant or snappy dialogue, but the talented actors convey a sweetness and maturity to the story that is nearly absent in the script.

Capable leads aside, the real problem with JET LAG is the idea (however romantic) that two people could fall in love in such a short time together. Sure, people thrown together by stressful or traumatic experiences share a unique bond, but it seems contrived to call it love. On the other hand, this is, after all, a light-hearted romantic comedy.

To be fair, JET LAG is not entirely predictable. The main characters are both rebounding from bad relationships and life-long mistakes. To the writer's credit, both set off to undergo personal changes before rushing into another relationship in their weakened state. These brief scenes near the end of the movie may confuse some viewers, but they are pivotal to the future success of Felix and Rose as a couple. It is as if each must get their own house in order before committing to a new and promising union.

Due to its theme and some content, JET LAG is recommended for mature audiences. Yes, it is a little slow and meandering at times, but the story has a tenderness that manages to come through. Maybe the movie poster should warn: "JET LAG may induce drowsiness, but it's only a brief stopover to your final destination."

Please address your comments to:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein

Co-Chairmen

Miramax Films

375 Greenwich Street

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (323) 822-4100 & (212) 941-3800

Fax: (212) 941-3846

Website: www.miramax.com

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