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Billy Connolly plays it cool while everyone else goes over the top in this Sharon Stone rom-com vehicle.
And while that may not seem like the best use of his talents, his understated charm lifts this production several notches from what it would have been without him.
Not that Sharon Stone doesn't do a credible job as the flaky female of the story, as do most of the other actors, but it just seems to me to be a criminal waste to have one of the great comedians of the second half of the 20th century play the straight man while a bunch of dramatic actors ham it up trying to be funny?
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