Sliding Doors

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Released 1998

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Director:
Peter Howitt
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13

Sliding Doors is a romantic comedy film directed by Peter Howitt that follows Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow), a quiet but relatively sweet woman, on what could be considered a very bad day. First, she is fired from her public relations job and then misses the train. Or did she? Sliding Doors takes a what if look at Helen’s nigh. Just how different would Helen’s night have gone if she made it back to her apartment to find her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) in bed with his ex-girlfriend, Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn). With her world in an uproar, she slowly falls for a comical Monty Python obsessed James (John Hannah) and opens her own PR firm, only to discover James might already be married. But, what would have happened if she had not missed the train? Would she have ever found Lydia in her boyfriend’s lap? Would she ever have met James?Sliding Doors is a whimsical film that looks at how one moment can affect your life.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    It may be Howitt's greatest achievement that we're able to keep the stories straight.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Once the movie throws in a jolting, late-in-the-gameplot twist that could have been borrowed from "City of Angels," it never regains its balance.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A frothy, lightweight romantic comedy that strives to seem richer and more complex than it really is.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    opposites attract, social commentary, for dreamers, cerebral, fake reality