Stars: Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Anthony LaPaglia, Juliette Lewis
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 97 minutes
Writer-director Nora Ephron hit a low point with this disappointingly dreary comedy set in a suicide clinic on Christmas Eve. The joke is supposed to be that all of the crisis counselors are themselves a pack of lovable losers, led by a badly toupeed Steve Martin. But it's a short step from lovable loser to annoying dweeb and most of the people in this movie cross that line very quickly. It's too bad, because the cast includes Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Rob Reiner, Garry Shandling, and Adam Sandler. Somehow, Ephron manages to restrain this lineup from doing anything funny. --Marshall Fine
I'm not like you, Philip. I'm not one of those people that's only good on the phone. In person you just blame everybody. You made a mistake at the office, you gave out the address! Did I blame you? No! I blamed the Santa Anas! I don't even know what the Santa Anas are!
They're the dry winds that blow in from the...
Oh, shut up!
Look what I got for you!
This means that we can have the baby in a hospital for free! All we have to do is swear that we're completely broke and have absolutely no way of supporting ourselves and never will.
Oh God! Felix, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but...
Honey, you are the only person in my whole life who has never hurt my feelings.
...you're a loser.
My psychiatrist thinks we should break up.
What? I didn't know you were going to a psychiatrist.
Well I'm not actually going to one. I've been dating one for four months.
This is so sudden!
I didn't want to tell you this over the phone, I really wanted to fax you. But you don't even *have* a fax!
Just remember that in every pothole there is hope. Well, you see, pothole is spelled P-O-T-H-O-L-E. So if you take the P, and add it to the H, the O, and the E, and rearrange the letters...or contrariwise, you remove the O, T, and the L, you get "hope". So, just remember, in every pothole there is hope!