‘Til There Was You has a concept similar to 2011’s One Day starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, but is the much weaker 1997 film. Only viewers who can handle very light entertainment can make it through the seemingly three hour long movie (when in actuality it is only an hour and fifty three minutes.) I watched the movie with my mother and my father, and both of them fell asleep within the first hour, and my dad rarely falls asleep during a movie.
The characters take until the last quarter of the movie to fall in love, and when they do there is no chemistry. If you look away for a second, you will miss it. Gwen Moss (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Nick (Dylan McDermott) barely meet twice before they fall in love, and don’t even exchange names before then. The first time is as children, Nick runs into Gwen in the hallway of an elementary school, knocking her over. He pauses and looks at her and she looks back at him. Nick then runs away without helping her up or even giving her an apology. They don’t meet again until university, when a model of a building Nick designed falls out of a window and lands on Gwen’s head while she is writing a poem. She yells at him and walks off angrily. Note; this is the first time the characters even speak to one another. A piece of her poem gets stuck to the bottom of his model, and over time he falls in love with this letter (meanwhile going through two girlfriends.)
The characters finally meet properly in the last half hour of the movie, when Gwen is trying to preserve a community Nick is trying to tear down to construct a building of his own there. For some reason, the Nick who was arrogant the rest of the movie softens for a girl who should be his nemeses. What’s even more unrealistic is that Nick was dating child TV star Francesca Lanfield (Sarah Jessica Parker) while he was falling more and more in love with Gwen just for writing a poem. I doubt anyone would choose a piece of paper written by a girl you only knew from her yelling at you over a rich partner (as superficial as that is, just being realistic in regards to the masses.)
Not even the big names in this movie, including Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Aniston can save ‘Til There Was You from the path it took. It had a great idea but not much was made of it. The whole movie plays off of cheap attempts at getting laughs and repetitive sub-plots. On the bright side, at least the movie tries to get laughs and has sub-plots. Like I said in the beginning of the review, if you can deal with the extremely light entertainment of the movie, you might actually get a slight bit of enjoyment out of it. It would help if the viewer of the movie also had a taste for slow-moving romantic comedies.
Don’t bother. 37.