Picks and Pans Review: Here on Earth
Leelee Sobieski, Chris Klein
Shamelessly stealing from 1970's Love Story doesn't mean never having to say you're sorry. The filmmakers responsible for this turgid teenage weepie owe a major apology—I want it in writing!—to any non-adolescent moviegoer cursed to sit through it.
Just as in Love Story, a preppy boy (Klein) falls in love with a less-privileged girl (Sobieski) despite the objections of his moneybags dad. These kids share a passion for Robert Frost and awkward sexual innuendo (She: "You could be arrested." He: "Will there be handcuffs?" She: "Do you want handcuffs?"). Both harbor tragic secrets that are so blatantly foreshadowed, they would be hidden from only the most naive viewer. To their credit, the talented Klein (Election and American Pie) and Sobieski (TV's Joan of Arc) dive headlong into this goop as if it mattered, which just goes to show that they're both young (and foolish) enough to believe. (PG-13)
Bottom Line: Won't be a dry 14-year-old eye in the house
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