McDermott has perfect small-screen charisma, as evidenced by his turn in ABC's The Practice, but here he seems merely small-scale. He's a solo guy in leather who can't connect with women because of a horrible childhood; but for a guy built to brood, he's also damned sensitive, doe-eyed, and perfect underneath skin-deep angst. Tripplehorn doesn't fare much better: She's a bungling bore, a klutz tripping through a life in search of the perfect man.
When Gwen finally finds Nick, they hardly create sparks--she merely lights Nick's cigarette, and they live happily ever blahblahblah. The filmmakers would have been wise to have cast Jennifer Aniston or the manic, scrappy Parker as Gwen; indeed, McDermott and Parker have more chemistry between them, while Tripplehorn has all the charisma of rock. That's hardly what you want from romantic fantasy--or, for that matter, from real life.
'Til There Was You.
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Craig Bierko, Alice Drummond, Karen Allen. Written by Winnie Holzman. Directed by Scott Winant. Opens Friday.