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Posted November 29, 2010
Read the book and compare
I saw this movie years ago and remember enjoying it. Julia Roberts does an exceptional job in playing the vulnerable type that everyone--men and women alike--want to protect. It was only recently that I stumbled upon the novel of the same name, by Nancy Price. I never knew the movie was based on a book and after reading it, I SO wanted to write a review, but Barnes and Noble doesn't (or no longer at least) offer the book. So.... I'm reviewing the book here! If you can, I suggest you find the book and read it. The movie does a pretty good job of building on certain elements of the written story, but, of course, a book (not limited to 90 to 100 minutes of time) can almost always provide a more in depth story. The movie seemed more black and white with clear good guys and bad guys. Whereas, in the book, I didn't find Sarah's new love interest Ben all that likeable at first. He seemed to be sexually obsessed with the Julia Roberts character, constantly clenching his fists in anger because she would not allow him to get close to her physically. The reader is made to understand that he is still bitter about a previously failed relationship where that woman also was not into him physically. We get a chance to get into his head and when he isn't obsessing about Sarah's body, particularly her breasts, he is wishing he had a woman who would take care of the cooking and housekeeping so he would finally be freed up to write the novel he's always wanted to. And that ..... pretty much sums up "good guy" Ben. (All I could think was well... at least he doesn't beat her.) Meanwhile, Sarah also is being stalked by another man who leaves increasingly sexually-worded notes on her doorstep, but once she realizes it is not her husband or Ben for that matter, it doesn't seem to concern her that he is a major creep. Any normal woman, and especially one that has endured what she has, would be upset. Later, we find out the stalker is a neighbor college kid, and his behavior seems to be dismissed as just the antics of a dumb kid. The book, like the movie, does a great job in building suspense, but I was left with the feeling that the author doesn't have the healthiest attitude toward male/female relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2009
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