Passion of Mind (2000)

If you are familiar with Julia and Julia, the Double Life of Veronique, Shattered Image, Sliding Doors, and Me Myself and I, then you have the general idea behind this lugubrious turkey..

This time it is Demi Moore who plays the woman with two lives. One has a family in France. One is a career-minded single in New York. Moore is fully aware of all the actions that occur in both lives, but she can't figure out what is real and what isn't. I could have told her. Nothing is real. It's all just a bad script. One of those Pirandello fourth wall things. Neither of these lives have any ground in reality.

And the resolution is sappy beyond measure, abetted by a closing musical score which can only be described as treacle.

To be fair, this movie is marked by competent acting, set design, and direction.

All of those positives notwithstanding, it is unbearably boring and a complete waste of time. In the history of the human race, it is possibly the single largest waste of time and money in any human activity not involving Kevin Costner.

Oops. I forgot about the Crimean War, and the movie The Thirteenth Warrior. OK, the third largest.

No nudity, but Demi wore a flimsy t-shirt.

Box office: a major bomb, with domestic box under a million. The studio basically wrote it off, and it never made it to more than 122 screens.

Consensus review: about 1.8 or 1.9 stars out of 4. Not reviewed by that many reviewers. Not archived by Rotten Tomatoes. Even at that low score, I'd say it's overrated. It's a really bad movie, covering ground that had already been covered many times, with several of those efforts from much better filmmakers.

IMDB summary: 5.3 out of 10. (Berardinelli gave it 1.5 stars, Ebert 2. They are being fair. I think you can justify giving it more than one star on the basis of the slick production values, but just remember that it's a slickly packaged one star movie.)

DVD info from Amazon. No special features of note. Nothing extra except a trailer. Two versions, a 4:3 Standard, and a 1.85 widescreen. If you buy this, it is God's way of telling you that you have too much money.

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