More a failed experiment than a viable movie, this gimmicky omnibus of ten dramatic monologues never comes to life. In the first of these soul-searching confidences, an experienced woman (Radha Mitchell) discusses her difficulty in banishing a previous beau from her heart. Next a college coed (Alicia Witt) shares a bittersweet recollection of the loss of her virginity. A far-from-swinging single (Lisa Gay Hamilton) recalls a humiliating blind date in which the sex was one-sided and impersonal. A romantic-minded lady (Rebecca Tilney) who reminisces about a platonic encounter with a pastry chef on a plane; despite his evident lack of interest, she feels he may have been the "man that got away." Another, less idealistic, high-flyer (Kimberly Williams) vacations in Greece, where she enjoys a one-night stand with a waiter. An independent chick (Debi Mazar) confesses that she looks for excuses to move onto her next amour, while at the less sexual end of the romantic spectrum, a divorcee (Deborah Kara Unger) reports that she feels residual longings for her former spouse, even though she's involved with another man. A rolling stone (Susan Traylor) cuts the strings of her relationship with a puppeteer in hopes of finding someone better, a housewife (Elizabeth Pena) explains how even low expectations can backfire in a marriage of convenience and a widow (Kathy Baker) recollects her 17 years of marital compatibility. Her only regret is that she didn't have children with her loving mate. The talented writer-director of THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BE LOOKING AT HER barely skims the surface of emotional anguish in this bare-bones decalogue. Given the mundane nature of the revelations, the cast recites rather than acts the superficial dialogue; only Baker, Pena and Unger effectively rise above the limited material.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: More a failed experiment than a viable movie, this gimmicky omnibus of ten dramatic monologues never comes to life. In the first of these soul-searching confidences, an experienced woman (Radha Mitchell) discusses her difficulty in banishing a previous bea… (more)