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A relentlessly unfunny comedy about hypochondria that cries out for a Blake Edwards and receives instead clunky direction (by David Leland) that yields overwrought and strident performances. Jeff Daniels stars as an airline executive who starts to get anxiety attacks after his best friend dies. Joe Eszterhas (Betrayed) wrote the painful script, which features two awkward and extended dream sequences; Melanie Mayron, Michael Tucker, and Kathleen York costar. (JR)

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