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THE THEORY OF FLIGHT

 
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At Theaters: 1/22/1999 On Video: 5/25/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 38 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 019901
Studio: Fine Line Features
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Every once in a while fate brings together two people whose deficits are made whole by the other. In The Theory of Flight, a man who cannot face adult responsibility meets a woman who will do anything to attain adult fulfillment. Both are lost souls desperately seeking a means of escape, but through one another they learn instead to soar.

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Romantic
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Helena Bonham Carter (Mighty Aphrodite)
Kenneth Branagh (Celebrity)
Director: Paul Greengrass (Resurrected)
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About The Characters
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PROFANITY: (Unable to provide detailed profanity.)
SEX/NUDITY: No nudity; sexual situations
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some wine and alcohol consumption
ACTION: Brief scenes of attempts at flight
COMEDY: Verbal comedy based on clashing personalities
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Perhaps the problem with THE THEORY OF FLIGHTis is that there is too much high-concept to this tale, too many silly little bits of business to distract from genuine interaction between the two principal characters. It's hard for a love story to be great when you want one of the lovers to end up happy, and the other just to end up an adult. You have to commend THE THEORY OF FLIGHT for taking a slightly different flight plan towards soaring inspiration. It just can't quite get there on only one good wing.
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Richard (Branagh) is a troubled man whose dreams of taking flight have landed him on the wrong side of the law. In lieu of jail time, he is sentenced to community service. Thus it is that Richard meets Jane (Bonham Carter), a feisty woman with progressive Motor Neuron Disease, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease or ALS, as her caretaker. Far from what he expects, Jane is a constant revelation. Unbowed by the devastating nature of her disease, Jane is at once witty petulant, acerbically honest and tenaciously passionate.

Clearly a woman on a mission, Jane is determined to experience love and a mature sexual relationship before it is too late. When Jane enlists Richard's help in achieving this unusual goal, the result is a series of humorous and poignant escapades in which they each come to understand something about the pursuit of fulfillment on one's own terms. Equipped with a ferocious mental tenacity, Jane finds in Richard the strength to challenge the limits of her handicap and she, in turn, inspires Richard to find direction in his otherwise drifting existence.

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