Alex and Emma
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Rob Reiner, director of such favorites as
This version of the story casts Luke Wilson (
"This is a light and often funny romantic comedy played nicely by the two leads," says Michael Elliott (Movie Parables). "The romantic sparks between the two never quite ignite, but both characters are likable enough for us to be rooting for them to get together. The screenplay … includes plenty of amusing setups, funny lines, and a sweetly emotional payoff."
But David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) complains, "Reiner here breaks one of the cardinal rules of the genre by not placing enough roadblocks—or even potholes—on Alex and Emma's byway to bliss. Their relationship is without obstacles and is never really in jeopardy—with the exception of a plot twist thrown in late in the game—divesting the narrative of any doubt as to whether they will stroll off into the end-credit sunset together."
Steven Isaac (Focus on the Family) writes, "
Ted Baehr (Movieguide) notes with pleasure that Luke Wilson at one point cries out, "Help me Lord!" But he concludes that the film "has a Romantic, 'fate and destiny' feel to it. Regrettably, the characters sleep together in the movie, and a silhouetted, campy sex scene makes the movie unacceptable for older children."
Holly McClure (Crosswalk) says, "I enjoyed the clever and witty touches to this story … but somehow it doesn't end up being a