Straight From The Heart

  • 2003
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A tepid fish-out-of-water love story; one character actually observes that the story's twists and turns recall a Danielle Steele novel, and therein lies the problem. Aspiring Manhattan fine-art photographer Jordan Donovan (Teri Polo) appears to have it all: She's talented, beautiful and in a five year relationship with handsome, successful lawyer Edward...read more

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A tepid fish-out-of-water love story; one character actually observes that the story's twists and turns recall a Danielle Steele novel, and therein lies the problem. Aspiring Manhattan fine-art photographer Jordan Donovan (Teri Polo) appears to have it all: She's talented, beautiful and in a five year relationship with handsome, successful lawyer Edward (Greg Evigan). But Jordan has two problems. Her photo studies of garbage don't appeal to gallery owners (despite her insistence that said garbage has "a lot of sub-text") and Edward's militantly unprepared to commit to marriage. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Jordan, her best friend, Carla (Christine Tucci), has answered a personal ad from a cowboy in Wyoming — using Jordan's name. In a far-too-ironic plot twist, it turns out that the cowboy, Tyler Carter (Andrew McCarthy), didn't actually place the ad that bore his name. His well meaning sister, Laurie (Patricia Kalember, did, hoping to help her brother break through the emotional ice that formed around his heart after his wife died in childbirth. Hoping to make Edward jealous, Jordan flies to Tyler's ranch in Wyoming, where Tyler at first rebuffs her. The film's mid-section features an obviously symbolic subplot involving wild horses (Tyler tries to tame them) and the conflict between Tyler and Department of Land Management agent Howard Jamison (J. Kenneth Campbell), who happens to be Tyler's father in law; he chases the horses off Tyler's property because he blames Tyler for his daughter's death. Edward finally shows up at the ranch to proposes and he and Jordan jet off to New York City to get hitched and live happily ever after. Will Jordan realize she actually loves her man of the West and Tyler allow himself to feel again? If you have to ask, you haven't been paying attention. Cliched though the story is, the performances are uniformly fine — former brat-packer McCarthy is surprisingly mature as the cowboy — and the outdoor location photography is lovely.

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A tepid fish-out-of-water love story; one character actually observes that the story's twists and turns recall a Danielle Steele novel, and therein lies the problem. Aspiring Manhattan fine-art photographer Jordan Donovan (Teri Polo) appears to have it all… (more)

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