Sliding Doors

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

'90s fantasy-romance has mature themes, lots of profanity.

PG-13 1998 99 minutes

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Based on 1 review

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Based on 3 reviews

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Sliding Doors operates on a gimmick. A gimmick which I find entirely fascinating: one woman, one fateful occurrence, two alternate timelines (The Butterfly Effect). Yet, while some might question whether a film can successfully tell two engaging, alternative story lines at the same time, director/writer Peter Howitt manages quite well. The film nimbly moves back and forth between the two timelines, showing how both diverge and intercede at various points throughout the course of the protagonist's tale. Gwenyth Paltrow certainly had one hell of a year in 1998. Along with this film she also had two other successful films released: A Perfect Murder and Shakespeare in Love (The latter film earning her the Oscar for Best Actress). However, though she hit gold with Shakespeare, Paltrow's performance here is not quite as strong. She's still charming as ever, and her comic skills are sharp as always, but every so often her portrayal rings slightly false and inorganic. Maybe it's the accent, but she also sported an English dialect in Shakespeare in Love (Also, Emma), so it's strange that it should come off forced here. Regardless, her Helen is still a delight to watch, and you can't help but root for her happiness. The real stand-out among the cast, however, is John Hannah (The Mummy [1999]), whose James is refreshingly sweet with his unapologetic joy for life and love, as well as perfectly timed one-liners. So, Sliding Doors. Should you watch it? I think so. It's funny, sweet, and despite what the CSM review suggests, genuinely clever. And who knows, maybe the course of your life could change upon a viewing?

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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