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(1999) (Demi Moore, William Fichtner) (PG-13)

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Drama: A woman who's leading a double existence through her real life and a vivid dream state that seems just as true, must figure out which of her two worlds is real before she loses everything in both.
Marie (DEMI MOORE) is an American literary critic living in southern France with her two daughters Jennifer (ELOISE EONNET) and Sarah (CHAYA CUENOT). A widow of two years, Marie confides in her best friend, Jessie (SINEAD CUSACK), and therapist, Dr. Langer (JOSS ACKLAND), that she has such vividly realistic dreams of living a separate life in New York that she can't differentiate reality from dream.

Marty (DEMI MOORE), her Manhattan-based doppelganger, has the same dilemma. A successful, but single and childless literary agent, Marty leads a happy life save for the knowledge that when she goes to bed in the Big Apple, she awakens the next morning in Province, a dilemma she also discusses with her New York therapist, Dr. Peters (PETER RIEGERT).

Although the dreams don't incapacitate the protagonist, when she's either Marie or Marty, to any great extent, they do have her wondering which world is real. Things then become more complicated when Marie meets William (STELLAN SKARSGÄRD), a novelist whose earlier work she savaged. Despite that, William and Marie's kids take an immediate liking to one another and he and Marie soon begin a romance.

Back in New York, Marty has started seeing Aaron (WILLIAM FICHTNER), a laidback accountant, and while initially reluctant, Marty eventually falls for him. As Marty repeatedly follows the pattern of falling asleep one night and waking up the next morning as Marie, and then her doing the reverse the next morning and night, and with both being conscious of the other's world and new romance, the confused woman must figure out what's real and not before she loses everything in both worlds.

If they're fans of someone in the cast, they might, but this one seems most attractive to teenage girls looking for a romantic drama.
For scenes of sexuality.
  • DEMI MOORE plays a woman leading a double life through a dream world that's just as realistic as her waking one. Although it eventually proves that she's has psychological problems, she seems happy with the arrangement where she ends up with two boyfriends (one in each world that she sleeps with). She also smokes as both personalities and uses some profanity.
  • WILLIAM FICHTNER plays an accountant who falls for her in her Manhattan world, sleeps with her, and tries to help her through her problem.
  • STELLAN SKARSGÄRD plays his counterpart in France who sleeps with Marie and similarly tries to help her.
  • SINEAD CUSACK plays Marie's best friend who smokes, drinks some and gives Marie advice on men and her dreams.


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    Here's a quick look at the content found in this PG-13 rated drama. Several sexual encounters take place during the film (including views of the couples in bed, some foreplay, some movement and brief related sounds) that are far more sensuous than graphic in nature. Some brief, but non-explicit sexually related comments also occur.

    Profanity consists of a few "s" words, along with a handful of other profanities and colorful phrases. The protagonist smokes at least ten times, while she and a few other characters also occasionally drink. As accompanied by some suspenseful/ominous music, a few scenes may be a bit unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, and when everyone is resolved, we learn that the protagonist has some psychological problems.

    Beyond that, the film's remaining categories have little or nothing in the way of major objectionable content. Nonetheless, and as always, should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to take a closer look at our detailed content listings.

  • Jessie and Marie have whiskey.
  • While meeting with her therapist, it looks like Marie has a drink of some sort.
  • William pours wine for himself and Marie with dinner. He later has more wine.
  • William and Marie have wine with a picnic.
  • We see that Aaron and Marty had wine with dinner.
  • Jessie has a drink.
  • None.
  • Some may see Marty/Marie as having both for cheating on the other man in her dual lives (since she's fully aware of both men and her love for them).
  • Marie/Marty sees an image of a boy out on a swing (as some ominous music plays) and then realizes he's gone. As everything comes to a head and the truth is revealed about which world is real, some viewers may find such moments to be slightly spooky.
  • None.
  • Phrases: "Bitch," "Kiss their ass," "Nuts" (crazy), "Dufus," "The hell you do" and "Loser."
  • None.
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful/ominous music plays in several scenes.
  • None.
  • At least 2 "s" words, 3 hells, 2 damns, 1 ass, 6 uses of "God," 3 of "Oh my God," 2 of "Jesus" and 1 use each of "G-damn" and "Christ" as exclamations.
  • Marty talks about some other woman "doing the deed" behind her husband's back.
  • William tells Marie that he wants her to think that if a guy (William) could write like that, then she'd wonder how he'd...(he doesn't complete the thought, but Marie does by saying "Make love"). He then says that he'd like to come home with her, and while she says that she' d like to say yes, she can't.
  • William tells Marie that he'd like to make love to her and that he thinks about it all of the time. After being hesitant to do so, Marie then passionately kisses William and he picks her up and carries her back inside her place. We then see them in bed and under the sheets, presumably after having sex (she caresses his bare back). She won't let him stay, however, since she's afraid of what will happen when she falls asleep (and then wakes up in New York). Before leaving, he kisses her down her bare back, then climbs on top of her, and kisses her. We then hear some sexual sounds and see very brief movement between them before the camera moves to just a shot of her hand grasping the sheets.
  • Directly following that, Marty wakes up in New York while having an erotic dream (we see her writhing about in bed a bit with some slight sounds before waking up by herself).
  • Marty then tells Aaron that she made love to someone in France the night before and doesn't know if it was real. Not understanding her, he replies, "You slept with someone in France?"
  • We see Marie and William in bed where he's kissing and moving up her belly. We then see quick shots of him kissing her back, him being on top of her, a close-up of their intertwined and quivering fingers (suggesting climaxing) and then a head and shoulders shot showing him on top of her and her pleasured facial expression.
  • We see Aaron and Marty in bed under the sheets. He's on top of her, there's some movement and the scene is rather sensuous in nature (and we see her pleasured reactions). When she wakes up back in Paris, she's all sweaty from the encounter (or the thought of it).
  • We briefly see Marty and Aaron making out on some outdoor public steps.
  • We see Aaron and Marty together in a large bathtub, but don't see any nudity or sexual behavior between them.
  • William tells Marie that everyone in her dream is just her and thus "you're making love to yourself." He later asks her about Aaron and how he makes love to her and where, how his hands and lips feel, etc.
  • Marie/Marty smokes at least ten times (most as Marie), while Jessie smokes several times.
  • There's some talk about a couple having marital problems.
  • We learn that Marie is a widow of two years.
  • Marie briefly panics when she loses sight of her youngest daughter in a public area.
  • There's talk of a girl's mother dying when she was eleven and we see a brief scene of that girl trying to wake up her dead mother.
  • A woman must say good-bye to various family members.
  • The final reason given to explain the woman's creation of her alternate dream world.
  • Whether one could consider Marie/Marty as cheating on her boyfriend in either world when her doppelganger slept with the other boyfriend in the alternate world.
  • None.

  • Reviewed May 17, 2000 / Posted May 26, 2000

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