Take the scene of her first day on the new job. During the intense show meeting, she’s overwhelmed by a barrage of questions. Does she have what it takes? Her steely, decisive approach proves that she does, and this is one of the film’s many gratifying “yeah!” moments.
Later, the story evolves to include the required romance with a hunky, fellow producer (Patrick Wilson). But it’s the development of her relationship with seemingly intractable host Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) that gives this movie a surprising depth and complexity. Ford seems to be phoning it in, playing yet another curmudgeon – in this instance, a renowned investigative journalist who has virtually been put out to pasture and who feels reading the morning news is well and truly beneath his dignity. (It is.) Yet, when he warms to Becky, culminating in a touching scene they share, it reminds you that a lot of what Ford does only appears like he’s not trying.
Keaton is wasted in her sidelined role, given an insufficiently convincing arc and change of heart, but she’s always great to watch. Jeff Goldblum’s small role is played to perfection.
Review by Pauline Adamek