Picks and Pans Review: Six Days, Seven Nights

updated 06/22/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/22/1998 01:00AM

Harrison Ford, Anne Heche

First, let's get the big question out of the way. Is Heche, the real-life sweetie of Ellen DeGeneres, believable in the clinch—as in onscreen heterosexual romantic clinch—with Ford? You betcha. And how. The husky-voiced Heche, as she demonstrated with proficient turns in such earlier films as Donnie Brasco and Walking and Talking, is a gifted actress. Her amorous scenes with Ford in Six Days, Seven Nights, along with the ones in which these two banter and bicker, have both a sexy sizzle and bona fide star appeal.

Aside, however, from the charm and charisma of its two talented, hardworking leads, this romantic comedy adventure film, while passably diverting, is as slight as the gauzy sarongs Heche wears throughout. She plays a sleek Manhattan magazine editor who, while vacationing on a tropical island with a beau (Friends' David Schwimmer, who's annoyingly whiny), ends up marooned on a nearby deserted island with ornery Ford, a grizzled local pilot. If you've seen the superb movie The African Queen, The Bride Came C.O.D. or even The Blue Lagoon, you can guess which basic survival skill these two will soon be practicing. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Heche plays it straight just fine and Ford is gruff fun, but the story is flimsy

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