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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

 
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At Theaters: 2/12/1999 On Video: 8/17/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 06 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029904
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Theresa is walking along a deserted stretch of coastline when she discovers a bottle containing a moving, passionate letter, signed simply, "G." The letter's poetry and heartache reach out to Theresa, prompting her to begin a search for the author that eventually leads her to the a sailboat builder named Garret Blake.

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Romantic - This leisurely paced romantic drama will appeal primarily to older viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kevin Costner (The Postman)
Robin Wright Penn (Hurlyburly)
Paul Newman (Twilight)
Director: Luis Mandoki (When A Man Loves A Woman)
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Father And Son Reunion
A Tale of Two Cities
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some romantic sex, no nudity.
VIOLENCE: One fight scene.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Constant beer and wine consumption.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: The odd funny line or situation.
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Above Average
I am a sucker for a shamelessly romantic confection, and the swoony trailer for Luis Mandoki's adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's bestseller Message in a Bottle promised the tear-stained goods. But as Message dashed headlong into its tear-wringing final frames, the audience at the screening I attended was noticeably dry-eyed and -nosed, with very few audible sniffles. And it's understandable why, for I certainly was not one of those few. I don't mind a formulaic film if the film goes about the formula in an interesting way, or the story is strong enough to sweep me away, formula be damned. Message does neither. Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Message in a Bottle is that it really could have turned out to be something. The story has a proven hook, and the casting is dead-on. But these individual elements are just that, elements, floating in a large, overly familiar sea.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 186 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
11
High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
High
96%
30+Adults (M)
42
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
102
High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Following a hurtful divorce, Theresa Osborne (Wright Penn) fills her life with caring for her son, Jason, and working as a researcher at the Chicago Tribune. The face she presents to the world-dependable, quietly driven, removed -- masks her disappointment at her failed relationship and her determination never to be vulnerable again.

On a solitary holiday while Jason visits his father, Theresa is walking along a deserted stretch of coastline when she discovers a bottle containing a moving, passionate letter, signed simply, "G." The letter's poetry and heartache reach out to Theresa, prompting her to begin a search for the author that eventually leads her to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to a sailboat builder named Garret Blake (Costner).

Since the death of his wife Catherine, Garret has lead a solitary existence, except for his relationship with his father, Dodge (Newman), who attempts to wrest his son away from his grief for Catherine. As Dodge says to Garret, "You choose -- the past or the future. Pick one and stick with it."

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