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Review by Dragan Antulov
2 stars out of 4
Many films are remembered for wrong reasons. NINE MONTHS,
1995 comedy written and directed by Chris Columbus, is one of the
best known examples. For generations of future viewers it would
forever be associated with the lewd conduct and subsequent arrest of
its main actor Hugh Grant.
The movie is actually a remake of French 1994 comedy NEUF MOIS.
The plot is set in San Franscisco where Samuel Faulkner (played by
Grant), the protagonist, has successful career of child psychiatrist.
Samuel, on the other hand, doesn't like children in his personal life
and this becomes a problem when his girlfriend Rebecca Taylor
(played by Julianne Moore) announces her pregnancy. Samuel tries to
adapt to the new situation by seeking advice from his friends who
had taken opposite views on the issue of parenthood vs. carefree
lifestyle. As months go by, many practical and emotional problems
put Samuel's relationship with Rebecca to the test.
If not for the aforementioned incident, NINE MONTHS would have
been forgotten by now. That doesn't mean that the film is bad. On the
contrary, Chris Columbus, one of Hollywood's most successful
family-oriented filmmakers, has adapted French original with lot of
skill. San Francisco locations look fine and American cast (Grant,
Moore, Tom Arnold, Jeff Goldblum) is more than capable. In some
segments Columbus' version is even better than French original,
especially in the hilarious scene when Samuel and his friend battle
man in dinosaur costume. Robin Williams on the other hand, is
trying too hard to make his character of former Soviet doctor funny,
not always with the best of results. Although tad overlong and
although the ending has the usual Hollywood flavour of sentimental
predictability, NINE MONTHS represents mostly pleasant
experience for all those who happen to watch it.
Copyright © 2003 Dragan Antulov
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