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By Desson Howe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 5, 2000


    'Committed' Heather Graham and Luke Wilson star in "Committed." (Miramax)
As Joline, a bride determined to save her marriage to romantically confused – and suddenly missing – husband, Carl (Luke Wilson), Heather Graham throws herself headlong into a silly role in a mediocre movie. She's a beautiful, fetching, likable bride. But really, "Committed" should have never made it up the distribution aisle. Although writer-director Lisa Krueger, who did "Manny & Lo," creates an offbeat atmosphere, and captures some beautiful vistas of El Paso (where Joline eventually tracks down her fugitive hubby), there isn't enough here to truly, uh, engage you. Basically, "Committed" is a string of episodes in which quirky, but not particularly lively, characters outdo themselves trying to be adorable. The performers, including the very weird Casey Affleck (as Joline's goofy brother) and Goran Visnjic (who plays a supposedly cool, but really rather creepy, nice guy who's hot for Joline) do their best to charm. But they're merely covering up for the movie's dramatic emptiness.

COMMITTED (R, 97 minutes) – Contains sexual situations.


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