Loathsome Lothario

Ben Affleck puts the moves on Gwyneth Paltrow in Don Roos' Bounce

Not that Roos -- a smart writer with a gift for powerful moments -- entirely desiccates his potentially juicy script. While Affleck and Paltrow soul kissing in close-up is unforgivable, and the book on commercial evil was written and closed by Bruce Robinson's brilliant How to Get Ahead in Advertising more than a decade ago, Roos displays a steady hand for tricky family moments. In a few scenes, as when Affleck dries his heinous tears and decisively protects a child from a lifetime of remorse, the tone is true and moving. Otherwise, when he begs to apologize for himself, he is answered with the movie's most profound line: "Good boy -- now just don't do it again."

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