DOORS: Starring Gwyneth
Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Zara Turner. Rated M.
Sliding Doors is a movie with an unusual and
potentially dangerous theme -- what if?
What if you take your missus/girlfriend to see this movie.
Inevitably, after emerging from the darkened cinema, the
inquisition starts. "What if we hadn't met?" and "what if ...?" etc
And believe me, boys, that's a path you don't want to travel.
Women can always feed you enough rope to hang yourself in these conversations.
"Where do you think you might be today if we hadn't
"I might be a single soldier living in good-quality,
subsidised accommodation with more money coming in than I'd know what to do with."
"You mean you can actually envisage a life without
"Yah. Well, you know, it would be a lot different without
ties or kids and stuff."
"You've been thinking about this, haven't you?"
"But you asked, dear."
"But you had an answer far too quickly. You probably don't
even love me any more...
"What's that sigh about? You want a divorce, don't
"You do. Don't you? I knew it!!!"
What if you went alone?
"Hi, honey. I'm home."
"Welcome home, honey. How was the movie?"
"It was good, dear, but probably not your cup of tea."
(Sometimes a little white lie is better than WW3.)
"What was it about?"
"Well there was this sheila who stole some booze from work
and got sacked and then on the way home she gets mugged and gets a nasty bump on the head.
Then she missed her train home but eventually gets there."
"Yah. Well you probably wouldn't like it." (One little
lie always leads to another.)
"Cuppa tea, dear?"
"Yes, that would be lovely, honey." (Phew!)
Sliding Doors is a very unusual film, following Helen (Paltrow)
down two paths in her life.
On the one hand, after getting sacked, she just misses her train
home then gets mugged and spends a couple of hours in hospital.
But on the other hand she just catches the same train and gets
home early to find hubby (Lynch) in bed with another woman.
The movie progresses down both paths to the unpredictable end,
following the same woman through the two distinctly different courses of her life.
It is a thoroughly enjoyable movie with plenty of twists and
turns, laughs and tears. And a lot of fine acting.
Well worth the effort, even if the missus wants to go with you!