Cinema: An Affair To Forget

Boy finds girl. Boy loses girl. They both lose the audience in this too conventional romantic comedy

Doing their Christmas shopping, Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) meet in Bloomingdales. They simultaneously grab for the last pair of black gloves on display. This leads to a magical New York City evening--ice cream, ice skating, faux-intimate cross talk. When they part, he writes his phone number on a $5 bill; she places hers in a used book that she promises to sell. If fate means for them to be together, these clues will circulate back to one or the other of them, she says.

The years pass; each becomes engaged to an inappropriate person. Their short time...

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