An unedifying, pretentious remake of Claude Sautet’s Les choses de la vie, upper-crust naturalism and all, this tale of a Vancouver architect (Richard Gere) torn between his mistress (Lolita Davidovich) and his wife (Sharon Stone) and teenage daughter seems put together on the popular assumption that conspicuous consumption is the very soul of drama. (The fancy flashback structure, which generates whatever narrative interest the movie can claim for itself, seems 25 years out of date.) Stone deserves some points for playing a recognizable human being while Davidovich fares less well in an underscripted part, but what sabotages the story altogether is Gere’s boundless narcissism; it overwhelms every emotion in the plot. Mark Rydell directed from a script by David Rayfiel and Marshall Brickman. (JR)

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