Playing by Heart, a dramedy about lovelorn couples, plays like a short-attention-span ”Hannah and Her Sisters.” As in Woody Allen’s masterpiece, three sisters link multiple stories, but this film switches between couples after every scene – resulting in narrative whiplash. Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands fare the best as parents grappling with a long-forgotten indiscretion; Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe find romance in clubland; Gillian Anderson and Jon Stewart tiptoe toward love. Yet with relationship patter that sounds like acting-class exercises, almost none of these stories feel true.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama; Starring: Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Anthony Edwards, Angelina Jolie, Jay Mohr, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, Jon Stewart, Madeleine Stowe; Director: Willard Carroll; Author: Willard Carroll; Release Date Wide: 01/22/1999; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Miramax
Posted August 24 1999 — 12:00 AM EDT
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