Monday, May 14, 2007

"Sliding Doors" Starring Gwyneth Paltrow

Okay, so I dug through my boxes last night (just moved) and found my well worn copy of Sliding Doors, hunkered down and had my one person viewing.

Short Version:

The movie follows Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow), during two courses her life could take. She gets fired, leaves her boyfriend, meets a new guy, who in turn whispers in her ear about starting her own business, she takes his advice and without spoiling the end, there are twist and turns and ups and downs. Every one worth watching.

Long Version (spoiler alert):

Sliding Doors is a chronicle of Helen Quilley's (Gwyneth Paltrow) life in alternate sequences. The first, if she catches the "tube" (train) and the second if she misses it. Helen is in P.R. and gets fired (why you ask, watch the movie, I, she leaves her former work place and goes to catch the tube. Helen misses the tube in one instance because of a little girl on the stairs, then the station announces that everyone should find alternate transportation because they are having mechanical problems. She goes to find a taxi and gets mugged in the meantime. She spends a few hours in the E.R. and gets home just as her boyfriend, Gerry, (John Lynch) jumps in the shower after sleeping with his ex-girlfriend Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn).

The other instance is where she does catch the train and meets a yummy guy, James, (John Hannah), actually that's what I'll call him from here on out "Yummy Guy", anyway, she gets home on time and catches her man "in the act". She then moves in with her best friend and get a fantabulous (It's a real word, seriously, ask my sister) makeover. Though she looks great both ways, I mean Hello!! it's Gwyneth. She then starts hanging out with Yummy Guy to keep her mind off of cheater guy.

In the first instance she can't seem to find another job in P.R. and takes a waitressing as well as a delivery person position to make ends meet, because her boyfriend is a novelist who leeches off of her (there is a line he says to his best friend that makes you realize this). In the second, Yummy Guy, encourages her to start her own P.R. firm.

The Starting a Business part of the movie goes rather quickly and they do make it seem quite easy, however it does show the appropriate steps and leaves you feeling inspired. What basically goes down is that she:

Gets the suggestion to start her own public relations company
Fills out a business loan application
Gets approved for said loan
Finds a rental space
Hires an assistant
Then BAM! she is in business :)

They show her and her assistant taking calls and handling other "office duties" but you never see any clients, save for her first big client. Who is, yep, you guessed it, Yummy Guys friend, who happens to be opening a restaurant

I feel I must mention that our miss Paltrow does a brilliant English accent and that Yummy Guy does throw her a wallop of a curve ball about half way through.

I won't detail the ending bits, but I will say that you should see this movie if you already haven't.

All in all, for me anyway, feel good, inspirational movies are a must see. And this is one of them. You root for her all the way through and it makes you feel good to know that something (getting fired) that could have turned into part time waitressing gigs she never really wanted to take instead leads her to a more fulfilling life.

Until next time all. And please leave me a comment if you have any movies you think I should review, always looking for new inspirations. Have a great day all.

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