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Movie Review: Jet Lag

Story: Who thought a film that takes place at the Charles DeGaulle Airport and the Hilton Airport Hotel could be interesting? I was pleasantly surprised by this breezy (definitely a movie review word) film about fate, opposites, love and honesty.

Director and co-writer Daniele Thompson (along with her co-writer son Christopher) deliver a charming, funny, not insulting to one's intelligence, little film. I have always thought the hardest thing about the genre of romantic comedy is NOT insulting the audience with contrivances and unbelievable scenarios.

Our two characters are stranded in the airport due to weather and the ever present French labor strikes. They meet and fate takes over from there. Its fun and uplifting. Oo la la!

Acting: Two wonderful performances by the Oscar winning, always lovely to watch, Juliette Binoche and her complete cinematic opposite, who usually plays roles as a tough guy, Jean Reno (Ronin, Godzilla).

Predilection: None.

Critters: None in the film but scroll down to 'Theater Audience' and read more.

Food: Food, glorious French food. Director Daniele Thompson delivered us some wonderful food as visiuls in her last import, La Buche and she gives us even more food to savor as we watch Reno cook and discuss food for much of the film. If you wait to see the end credits you will even be treated to the recipe for the main dish he spoke about. Nice touch!

Visual Art: Airports and hotels room do not offer much in the way of visual art.

Blatant Product Placement: Air France, Hilton, Japan Air Lines and the La Brisas Hotel in Acapulco.

Soundtrack: Unexceptional.

Opening Titles: Cute.

Theater Audience: I go to a lot of films but this visit was a bit shocking even to me. One couple brought their dog into the theater to see the film, too. How very French, eh? The dog was a cutie and other than the occasional jingling of his metal leash he did not make a sound.

Sappy Factor: A moderate 3

Predictability Level: Over the top -- but it played out nicely so I didn't care.

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: No nits to pick.

Big Screen or Rental: If you want a break from all of the special effects this summer why not go see it on the big screen. There's probably a whole shelf of Juliette Binoche flms to rent. How about renting: The English Patient, Wuthering Heights and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Length: 90 minutes.