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When an airplane carrying Dutch Van Den Broeck's
wife and Kay Chandler's husband crashes into the Chesapeake Bay,
it marks just the beginning of a mystery that will not only lead
Dutch and Kay to shocking information about their spouses, but
bring these strangers together in an unlikely romance.
Drama - Random Hearts is a very slow-paced romantic drama. Fans
of Harrison Ford are certainly a target audience, as are those who
enjoyed other adult romantic dramas like The Horse Whisperer.
The first hour does not involve the romance, however, which could
make many viewers impatient. Once the romance begins, its somewhat
implausible nature could make those same viewers long for the first
PROFANITY: Fairly strong and moderately frequent SEX/NUDITY: No explicit sex or nudity; one suggestive pre-sex scene VIOLENCE: One gunshot; a fistfight DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few scenes of characters drinking beer or alcohol ACTION: Brief scene of gunplay, one fight COMEDY: A few ironic one-liners
For the first hour of Random Hearts, director Sydney Pollack lets his two main characters -- a cop (Harrison Ford) and a Congresswoman (Kristin Scott Thomas) whose spouses die on the way to a rendezvous with one another -- develop independently in an engrossing, effective set-up. Then, something horrible happens: the two characters get together. From the first moments of the relationship, it's obvious that Random Hearts has too old-time-Hollywood a sensibility to let this be about an empty affair between wounded souls. Pollack and company keep trying to transplant the heart of a 1940's weeper into the body of a European art film.
An act of fate throws two very different people
together: Dutch Van Den Broeck (Harrison Ford), a tough-minded
internal affairs cop involved in a high-stakes corruption case,
and Kay Chandler (Kristin Scott Thomas), a high-profile congresswoman
embroiled in a bitter re-election campaign. They develop an extraordinary
relationship which forces them to confront the truth that threatens
to destroy them and discover the strength to triumph over the
deception that surrounds them.