'Blind Date': A Sundance Review

Stanley TucciOn the Line: Here's the great thing about Sundance: There are screenings at 8:30 in the morning! A movie lover's dream! Here's the horrible thing about Sundance: There are screenings at 8:30 in the morning! A human being's nightmare.

There was little to no buzz on this two-hander starring Sundance stalwarts Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. I'm a huge fan of both, so I'm optimistic.

In the Theater: Not only does this star Tucci, but he directs. However, this is a far cry from the whimsy of "Big Night" and "The Imposters." Here Tucci and Clarkson play a married couple who engage in a series of "dates" in which they role play all in the hopes of rekindling something, anything. At the outset seemingly a drama with a great dose of comedy, revelations and a shocking ending reveal it to be a sobering tragedy.

The Verdict: I love you, Stanley and Patricia, but it didn't work for me. The episodic form and oh so dark trajectory left me bored and upset rather than impressed and moved. I'll be at the next one.

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