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Six Degrees of Separation

Let's bring back together (are they back - again???) Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant in 6 (or less) movies. Make sure that the movies were made in the last 2 years that they were separated.

I can name 5. All 5 movies (available in DVD clear copies) were personally viewed and reviewed in the last Yuletide break.

Can you name less than 5? Ready??? Go.


Chandler-acting for Perry
Serving Sara
Released in 2002
Starring: Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley
Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

Matthew Perry plays his usual Chandler antics in this comedy of errors on Legal Process Serving. This time, Matthew as Joe Tyler has to serve divorce papers to Sara Moore, played by Elizabeth Hurley. Some legal chuchus lead to Hurley offering a 1 million dollars to Perry to serve instead divorce papers to her husband leading to an unmistakably a film-full of mishaps. If you like Matthew in Friends, then you’d like him here. If not, the stripping scene of Hurley will be enough for you guys to see the film – Serving Sara, deserving of a “leave it”.


Blood is thicker than Water
Weight of Water
Released in 2000
Starring: Elizabeth Hurley, Sean Penn, Catherine McCormack and Josh Lucas
Directed by: Catherine Bigelow (K-19 and Point Break)

Based on the best seller by Anita Shreve (Pilot’s Wife), this film is the best film among the lot of DVDs seen in the last month. A photojournalist played by Catherine McCormack and a Pulitzer Prize Poet in Sean Penn lead to a story of tempestuous love which parallels the story of the murder that they were investigating during the weekend cruise. See more flesh from Hurley, I meant more fleshy acting. This one is sure “take it!”. Josh Lucas and Penn were great but McCormack as the distant wife is tops.


Sweet Home Alabama
Starring: Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen, Patrick Dempsey and Reese Witherspoon
Directed by: Andy Tennant (Anna and the King, Fools Rush In and Ever After)

Josh Lucas plays a different role in this romantic comedy of a Country Girl from Alabama turned Manhattan fashion designer, Melanie Carmichael played by Reese Witherspoon. The story was your usual designed to end happily but unfortunately for us viewers we had to wait for 130 minutes to know the ending which we knew all along. Also stars Patrick Dempsey as the beau left behind. For the sweet tooth, its Sweet Home Alabama. But if I were you, its Home Sweet Home. “Leave it”.


Entertaining Period Film
The Importance of Being Earnest
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, Frances O Connor, Tom Wilkinson and Colin Firth
Directed by: Oliver Parker

What's in a name? Who wants to be called Earnest in the first place? But in this film, it is important to know why it is important to be Earnest. An Oscar Wilde play adapted by Director Oliver Parker set in the 1890s in London, this witty comedy of mistaken identity and English bourgeois is a short 97 minutes of great entertainment. But why was All-American Reese part of the English cast? Beats me. Just watch it! It's important that you do.


2001 Hit
Bridget Jones' Diary
Starring: Colin Firth, Renee Zelwegger and Hugh Grant
Directed by: Sharon McGuire

While awaiting the second installment from Helen Fielding, the Yuletide Break was great to see Jones Bridge, no make that Bridget Jones. Only because it starts with the Christmas scene with Renee Zelwegger singing her carols – alone. A film about a 30 year old, who wanted to change her life and have someone to love in a years time. Equipped with a red diary she turns from an under appreciated lass but now overly appreciated mistress by her own boss, played by Hugh Grant. Acting was not apparent. Except for Zelwegger (who had to learn the twang) all characters, from Grant to Firt who played the character once hateful to Bridget turned to the unassuming hero in the end, all of the cast just underacted their way to the biggest surprise of 2001. If you’ve seen it, watch it again. Still entertaining.

There you go, Elizabeth and Hugh – together again – in 6 degrees.