When the marvelous Marisa Tomei is made to say, "I was born to kiss you," you know producer/director Norman Jewison hired the wrong writer.
"Only You" takes dead aim at being charming and fails. The ingredients are first-rate. Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. are funny, light, and lovable. The glorious locations of Venice, Rome, and Positano, which should support any strong story, become travelogue instead. What went wrong? It's simple: the script is terrible. When the marvelous Marisa Tomei is made to say, "I was born to kiss you," you know producer/director Norman Jewison hired the wrong writer.
Faith (Marisa Tomei), with an able assist from sister-in-law Kate (Bonnie Hunt), spends fourteen years looking for the man predicted by her Ouija board. Deceived into thinking he is the man, she falls wildly in love with Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) until, in a burst of ill-conceived candor, he admits his deception. The promising chemistry between the two dissolves early in the film, dooming the movie to a long, dreary run to its happy ending. For a few moments during a lighthearted drive to Positano, the film catches fire. But a few moments do not a picture make. An incurably romantic Marisa Tomei looking for her soulmate in Italy is a fine premise. The principals could have won any audience with their charm, if only Mr. Jewison had hired Nora Ephron to write the script.
Film Critic: JOAN ELLIS
Word Count: 215
Studio: Hollywood Pictures & TriStar
Rating: PG 1h48m
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