Paperback Romance

Paperback Romance," a Goldwyn Entertainment Co. presentation being released today by MGM, was originally reviewed by Variety under its original title, "Lucky Break," on Oct. 3, 1994, after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. In his review, David Stratton opined that the film "adds a few new wrinkles to the venerable and resurgent formula of romantic comedy. Writer-director Ben Lewin, whose last effort was "The Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish," comes up with some oddball ideas again, but his screenplay lacks the wit and zaniness that might have propelled this modest offering into wider distribution.

“Film harks back to the Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedies of the late ’50s and early ’60s,” Stratton observed. “Pic opens promisingly with a sequence that intros attractive Gia Carides as Sophie, a young writer with a vivid, sensual imagination. Working alone in a public library, she’s overheard reading her raunchy material out loud by Eddie (Anthony LaPaglia), a slick jeweler and practiced womanizer who already has his hands full with a demanding fiancee (Rebecca Gibney). Sophie falls heavily for Eddie, and he’s obviously interested in her. However, since she was sitting at a desk when they met, he doesn’t know her ‘secret.’ As a result of childhood polio, one of Sophie’s legs is paralyzed.”

However, “Lewis, despite his tantalizingly offbeat premise, has come up with a screenplay that never really sparkles. Carides, the spiteful rival from ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ is a delight as Sophie, but LaPaglia seems to be taking it all too seriously.

“Production values are all elegant, with Vincent Monton’s photography taking full advantage of the attractive people and settings. Paul Grabowsky’s music adds needed zest to the proceedings.”

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