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Ad exec Affleck swaps his airline ticket with a stranger who's anxious to get home to his wife. But since no good deed goes unpunished, the plane crashes and the man is killed. The guilt-stricken Affleck visits the stranger's widow (Paltrow) and winds up falling in love with her, only she doesn't know about their unfortunate connection. Okay, the plot is contrived, predictable, and a little schmaltzy, but it somehow avoids maudlin, and takes pains to make the emotions real. In this, director Roos is aided greatly by Affleck, who turns in some of his best work to date, and Paltrow, who seems less actress-y in an understated, smart performance. The two leads were said to be an item during filming.

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Available on Running time 105 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Romantic Drama, Air Disasters, Advertising, On the Rocks, Rehab, Order in the Court
Screenplay
Don Roos
Cast
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Natasha Henstridge, Jennifer Grey, Tony Goldwyn, Joe Morton, David Paymer, Johnny Galecki, Alex D. Linz, Juan Garcia, Sam Robards, Julia Campbell, Michael Laskin, John Levin, David Dorfman
Cinematography
Robert Elswit
Director
Don Roos
Music
Mychael Danna

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Nicholle

This movie is surprising and sad, but has a happy ending. Buddy has just signed an airline in Chicago as a big client, but is ironically delayed at the airport waiting for a flight to LA on that same airline. He meets a laid back family man, Greg, awaiting another flight home to his family. When Buddy encounters a beautiful woman, Mimi Pager, and becomes enamored with her, he arranges to swap tickets and flights with Greg so that Greg gets home early and Buddy can have extra time with his new lady friend, figuring he's doing a good thing while serving his own needs. Buddy's "good deed" backfires horribly when the flight he bumped Greg to crashes, and Greg dies. Buddy is so guilt ridden over this that he eventually collapses into alcaholism. Sometime later, Buddy is out of rehab, but guilt still haunts him. In an attempt to redeem himself, he tracks down Greg's widow, Abby, and tries to help her and her children anyway that he can, even though he does not tell her it was his fault her husband died. Abby and Buddy end up falling in love.