Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Laws of Attraction

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The sitcom is to television what romantic comedy is to cinema. Both are rarely performed with much imagination, but when done properly can make for great viewing and a great date. Laws of Attraction falls somewhere in between.

Julianne Moore, who hasn’t taken a comedic role in years, plays Audrey Woods, a divorce lawyer who takes the high road in court, while her opponent, Daniel Rafferty, played by Pierce Brosnan, will do whatever it takes to win.

You can see the predictable romance developing a mile away, but Moore and Bronson elevate their otherwise cliché roles and genuinely share some on-screen chemistry.

So it goes, Rafferty has the upper hand in court and things are icy. He invites Woods to dinner. They trade barbs, flirtatious gestures and a few too many cocktails. Before long they’re in bed.

Rafferty pulls a surprise when during closing arguments he pulls out Woods’ panties, which he took from her while she slept the morning after their one-night stand. So Woods decides to play dirty. But her client, a fashion designer played by Parker Posey, trades in Woods for Rafferty. So Woods is left representing the rock star husband, played by Michael Sheen, in a strange plot twist.

Then the lawyers travel to Ireland to view the property that is in dispute, and of course the two of them again end up in a beautiful romantic setting surrounded by alcohol, and an idiot could predict what was to happen next.

The script is a predictable flop. Mercifully, it’s short, and despite talented actors, Laws of Attraction is a film to see on cable.

Scott Hale is a freelance writer. E-mail letters@metrotimes.com.

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