Playing By Heart
Theres this girl, Joan (Angilina Jolie
of Pushing Tin), who breaks up
with her boyfriend over the phone, as Keenan (Ryan Phillippe from Cruel Intentions
Intentions) pretends to not watch in a crowded danceclub. He has
blue hair, she has red. She has a one-eyed cat and a sister Merideth.
Merideth (Gillian Anderson of the X-Files) has convinced
herself that she doesn't need anyone, until Trent (Jon Stewart of The
Daily Show) drops a bookshelf on her and can't live without her. But
Merideth has some massive problems with trust, due to her broken marraige to Mark.
Mark, (Jay Mohr of Jerry Maguire) sits in a hospital bed dying of AIDS
begging his mother Mildred (Ellen Burstyn of Same Time Next Year) to bond with
him. All the while, Merideth and Joan's elder sister Gracie (Madeline Stowe of
The Last of the Mohicans) and her husband Hugh (Dennis Quiad of Innerspace)
have drifted apart. Hugh spends his nights telling elaborate stories to
people in bars in an attempt to heighten his imagination, something his wife claims
he lacks. Gracie spends her evenings sleeping with Roger (Anthony
Edwards of ER) a minister who was hired to perform a 40th anneversary marriage
to the girls' parents, Hannah and Paul. Hannah (Gena Rowlands of Hope
Floats) and Paul (Sean Connery of Entrapment) jump in and out of the fire between
his terminal brain cancer and his suspected-adultrous past.
Playing by Heart is a
quick, humorous delight of a film about the things one goes
through to convince another of their compatability.