Return to Paradise

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * · · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * · · )

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Jesus, what crap. This movie had more moments that made me reach for my remote than any movie I had seen recently. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that my pain may bring you readers a little more time to watch good movies. Anne Heche, while quite fun to look at (dont worry, no Ebert stalking reports here) but her little rampage in the courtroom was nothing but embarrassing. After an interesting and promising beginning, the story hit a wall and took forever to get going again. The little romance was so typical hollywood, and the anti-climatic ending did nothing to leave you any peace. Now, of course you do get to see Heche in a bra within the first 30 min which is something (ok, a little Ebert stalking report) but the rest of the movie was crap. The only thing that worked was my sympathy with a character who is trying to hang on in order to maintain his sanity. God knows I almost lost it watching this waste of good film. The DVD has a 2.35 to 1 16x9 enhanced transfer and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Neither do anything to save this movie.