Laura Linney …… Louise Harrington
Topher Grace …… F. Scott Feinstadt
Gabriel Byrne …… Peter Harrington
Marcia Gay Harden …… Missy Goldberg
Paul Rudd …… Sammy Silverstein
Lois Smith …… Ellie Silverstein
Louise Harrington (the stunning Laura Linney) plays the head of admissions at Columbia University in New York. When she gets an application from a young man named F. Scott Feinstadt she starts to feel, based on the tone of his writing in the application, that F. Scott may be the reincarnation of her dead high-school sweetheart Scott Feinstadt.
After inviting him for an interview and seeing the striking similarity between the two Scott’s and the similar painting styles she seduces him (although really who wouldn’t want to sleep with Ms. Linney) and they begin a relationship despite the 20 year age difference.
Eventually Louise reveals her thoughts about F Scott being reincarnated and he becomes understandably upset.
The acting is wonderful from all the main characters, Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne are, as always, superb, Topher Grace is showing that he’s going to be around for a very long time, especially if he continues to pick excellent roles.
The pacing is a bit slow at times, and there are some plot points that are left hanging (although revealed in the deleted scenes), all in all though it doesn’t detract from your enjoyment.
It’s a great love story, and anyone who likes a good love story should love this movie.
It’s presented in widescreen, nothing wrong that I noticed at all.
Dolby 5.1 Digital, for those of you with the setup who can listen to it, this isn’t an action movie so it’s not particularly necessary. No real sound problems I could notice though.
There’s really only one extra and that’s the deleted scenes, these are actually pretty interesting and involve some plot points that were cut out of the movie. You can watch them with or without director commentary and I found it interesting.
One of the other “extras” are the ever present Audio Commentary, that’s on every disc these days so it hardly seems worth mentioning, Dylan Kidd’s voice does grate after a while though.
The final “extra” are previews for some other movies… exciting.