Me Myself I

Who hasn't wondered "what if?" But dwelling on what-might-have-beens is one of many insufferable forms of navel gazing, and this picture's slight, bright tone doesn't entirely compensate. Award-winning journalist Pamela Drury (Rachel Griffiths) is having an early midlife crisis; she's got a great apartment, a rewarding job and good friends, but she thinks...read more

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Who hasn't wondered "what if?" But dwelling on what-might-have-beens is one of many insufferable forms of navel gazing, and this picture's slight, bright tone doesn't entirely compensate. Award-winning journalist Pamela Drury (Rachel Griffiths)

is having an early midlife crisis; she's got a great apartment, a rewarding job and good friends, but she thinks romance has passed her by, and she's miserable despite her daily affirmations ("I like myself and I deserve the best"). What if, 13 years ago, she'd married handsome, ambitious Robert

Dickson (David Roberts) rather than turning him down when he proposed in that Italian restaurant? One cloudy day, while bustling down the street feeling vaguely sorry for herself, Pamela is hit by a car driven by...herself? Pamela 2 did what Pamela 1 didn't: She and Robert have three

children, a dog and a house in the suburbs. As Pamela 1 tries to wrap her rational mind around the fact that she's sitting in a suburban kitchen having tea with herself, the kids get home from school and — surprise! — Pamela 2 has vanished. Our Pamela has the chance to see

exactly what her life would have been like as Mrs. Dickson, and it goes without saying that things aren't entirely as she'd fantasized. Imagine Bridget Jones's Diary crossed with one of Tod Strasser's popular young-adult novels (Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body and the

like) and you pretty much get the tone of this well-intentioned but inconsequential picture: shallow, wryly funny and full of hackneyed homilies delivered with ironic zing. Griffiths does her best with the material, but its twists aren't especially surprising or engaging; if you were watching it

at home you wouldn't feel compelled to pause the film before going into the kitchen to fix a snack.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Who hasn't wondered "what if?" But dwelling on what-might-have-beens is one of many insufferable forms of navel gazing, and this picture's slight, bright tone doesn't entirely compensate. Award-winning journalist Pamela Drury (Rachel Griffiths) is having… (more)

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