Picks and Pans Review: Jack and Sarah
When a London lawyer must pick up the pieces of his life after his wife dies in childbirth, he takes his infant daughter to the office. She won't stop wailing. So the mail boy loads her onto his cart and wheels her about. It sure beats a soppy pacifier.
It is one of the many fun little surprises scattered like spring bouquets throughout Jack and Sarah. But these bits provide only fleeting pleasure. J & S becomes predictable mush as the lawyer finds himself falling, and vice-versa, for a young American (Mathis) he hires as a nanny.
Grant is both clumsily comic and touching as the new dad, but Mathis grates when called upon to show grit. Eileen Atkins does an amusingly piquant turn as Grant's sympathetic mother-in-law. (R)