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Director: Bruce Beresford

Written by: Robert Benton

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd,
Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish

My Advice: Best as a rental

Rating: out of

Libby Parsons (Judd) is a woman who has it all. A wonderfully doting and generous husband, an adorable son, and a beautiful home. In fact she has everything a woman could possibly want with one exception; a prison term.

Framed for the murder of her husband, a crime she did not commit, she finally resigns herself to the fact that even though trapped by a cruel twist of fate, it's her fate, none the less, and she must make peace with it. Authorizing the adoption of her son to a school teacher friend (Gish), she begins to serve her time. It's during this period she comes to the startling realization that Nick is alive and well and living a merry life with her son and her schoolteacher friend.

This is where things got troubling for me. I do love Judd. Her performance was wonderful. She brought diversity to her character and she interacted well with all of the characters around her but I just could not get past the "Fugitive " theme of this movie. Hadn't we seen all of this before? Right down to her parole officer (Jones), but with Harrison Ford playing the lead?

The premise of this movie was a great one. Once convicted of a crime you cannot stand trial for the same crime once more. As a result, Libby is free to track down her once loving Nick, take possession of her son and then do away with the backstabbing lout unencumbered. In fact, she could stuff him in a Cuisinart in the middle of the Superbowl and not a darned thing could be done about it. This marvelous concept could have opened a whole lot of windows for this flick but I instead felt as if it closed a few doors.  It could have, and should have, been so much more.

I'm going with the "straddling the fence" review on this one. I didn't hate it, I didn't like it.  I was just somewhere comfortably in-between.


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