Although I really wanted this film to be Chen Kaige's entry into the cinema mainstream, I'm afraid that even the likes of Joe Fiennes and Heather Graham are not enough to overcome a really sub-standard script by Kara Lindstrom. The idea for the story is a good one, but the so-called "plot twist" is telegraphed almost from the beginning of the film! And the dialog was laugh-out-loud funny (tho not meant to be, I hope) in places where a more serious approach was needed. The attraction Alice (Graham's character) has for Adam (Fiennes) is never explained; I understand lust, but not this kind of "I was going out for a haircut and decided to have sex instead" lust, and one is never really sure if the quasi-BDSM element is meant as a joke or not. I'm glad I did not see this in a theater as I would have disturbed the other movie-watchers with my giggeling. I mean, what was everybody THINKING here? Were Fiennes and Graham so desperate for work that they talked themselves into believing this was good writing? Is Kaige's English so bad that he didn't know this script was a turkey? Didn't anyone ever notice the plot holes (I give the editor Jon Gregory a lot of credit here...this could have been much worse if not for him) and how in Heaven's name did Ivan Reitman get this thing financed (that might be a movie in itself)?
If I were Joseph Fiennes or Heather Graham, I would be dreadfully embarrassed for my family and friends to see this picture. Everybody concerned should be embarrassed also, but these two have their faces on the cover and will be the one's remembered first.