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Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 1997 / Director: Peter Howitt / Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah ... / DVD released 13 March, 2006 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen

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      17.09.2011 20:29
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      A 'what if' chick flick - watchable but not as memorable as I'd perhaps hoped

      - Cast/Credits -

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120148/fullcredits#cast


      - Story -

      Sliding Doors is a 'What If?' movie that tells the story of Helen in London, who isn't having the best of days and when she arrives at the Underground, we're shown the two different directions that both her career and moreso her love life will take, all depending on whether or not she catches a particular train.

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      This movie is watchable enough, it features a pretty decent cast and the concept behind the story is one that many people will likely find intriguing. Helen is a pretty likeable character, though I suppose at times she kept her feelings to herself and may seem a little distant perhaps but then as we learn about whats going on and what she's been through, that seems fair enough and she does come across as a fairly vulnerable character, though she has a good friend that looks out for her.

      The men in Helens life are, I suppose, portrayed as a bit stupid and/or arrogant and egotistical in one way or another, though Helen may have taken things the wrong way and mis-read the situation as far as one character is concerned (mind you as viewers we may take that with a grain of salt depending on whether we believe what he says when trying to convince her otherwise later on), so yes this is a movie which will likely appeal alot more to women than men. I think women, at least some women, can become quite fascinated with the concepts of fate and destiny and will at one point in their life or another, question 'what if?' like 'what if I hadn't gone in to work that day? I wouldn't have bumped into such and such' or 'what if I hadn't bought that magazine - I wouldn't have entered the competition and won a lifechanging holiday' things like that. There could be multiple times in a persons life where a series of events all hines on whether you do something that seems so insignificant that you'd have no idea ultimately how important it is and thats what this movie is all about. I suppose in a way it could be comforting to us women, we can tell ourselves every day that perhaps todays commute into work or into town/the city will spark off a series of events that will lead to things improving for the better but there again, thats not to say that Helen has a totally smooth ride on either of the two different outcomes that we're shown, no there are some sad moments in both of the outcomes, indeed I felt really sad for Helen at one point when things took a particularly bad turn for the worse, which shows that the characterisation is pretty good, otherwise I might not have bothered but thinking about it, by then I must have been quite absorbed in the movie.

      I don't think that this is a particularly memorable movie, its perhaps a bit slow and basic for some but for a 'chick flick' its not too bad - it has an interesting concept and the cast is pretty good, though for me its one to catch on TV rather than pay much for. Of course its hardly a new movie now, having been released in 1998 but its one that most people will have heard of in passing and its been shown on TV multiple times. To be honest, I struggle to think of much to say about this movie really, its not so much bad as its just another fairly generic 'chick flick' and I don't tend to be so interested in those but having heard of it before and seeing it was going to be shown during the recent holidays, I decided to give it a go and recorded it and I figured I might as well try reviewing it - I've seen a few others but I haven't reviewed them as I don't think of them as being movies that are easy to review. I would say that the cast are good and the story is interesting which makes it watchable, there are some sad scenes and some nicer ones, ultimately, to me, its a fairly average 'chick flick' which is worth catching on TV or renting if you've never seen it but I wouldn't really say its worth spending much, if any, money on it per se, as to me it wasn't overly memorable.


      - Would I Recommend It? -

      If your a big fan of this genre then surely you will have already seen this movie by now, so I suppose others that haven't seen it will be like me, not necessarily big fans of 'chick flicks' (that term does get a bit annoying too) and all I can say is that I thought it was diverting - it wasn't the most exciting or shocking movie I've seen, there isn't much action but a bit of drama and mainly romance. The main character, Helen, is well portrayed and the cast generally is pretty good plus the story is one that will likely appeal to women and so in that regards, yes its worth watching but I'm not sure that I would say its worth paying much, if anything, for to rent or keep as I don't feel its that memorable a movie. Other people may analyse it alot more than I did and they may like to replay it to double check details I suppose but I just watched it to pass the time and found it to be fairly diverting, thats about it - I'd imagine there are other equally watchable movies of its type, I just can't quite get myself to specifically recommend this one, I think, so its up to you whether you feel you should give it a watch, thats if you've not seen it already anyway.

      I hope you found my review useful, even though its on a movie that ordinarily, I may well not have reviewed - let me know if you think im being too biased etc. out of interest, thanks and thanks for all rates and comment of course. This review was originally posted on Ciao UK.

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        20.05.2010 16:13
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        Most of us probably have situations in the past that we wish we had handled differently, or situations where we've been hurt and wondered if we could avoit it . What would have happened if you'd made a different decision, or never gone to the pub the night you met the love or your live?

        Sliding Doors is a movie that shows two different possible outcomes, based on a tiny monent in time - the catching, or missing, or a tube train . Helen is fired from her job, and rushes to catch the tube train - in one reality she makes it just in time, and in another, she misses it entirely. This is the moment where the film breaks into two halves, showing how life pans out from that moment.

        The Helen that makes the train meet James, and has a brief conversation with him, before returning home and finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman . She moves out and goes to live with her friend, striking up a stronger friendship with James as he helps her get over her ex.

        The Helen that misses the train gets mugged trying to find an alternate way home, and after a visit to the hospital, arrives home to find her boyfriend in the shower, having just saud goodbye to his mistress, and although she's suspicious about why he's listening to Elton John, whom he professes to hate, remains blissfully unaware of her boyfriends infidelity.

        It sounds confusing when I'm explaining it - but actually some clever work has gone into making it easy to distinguish the seperate realities from each other . Bandages and haircuts make it easy to know which Helen we are seeing, and I think this is really good, as without these visual aids it could have been a confusing film.

        As the film develops, we see the two seperate stories develop, and meet different characters in each life . I think Paltrow puts in an impressive performance , alternately playing a strong character and a frail one as required, and perfectly delivering that most British of insults 'Wanker' in a convincing, if slightly posh, accent.

        The real star of the show for me though is John Hannah as James . He is the nicest, sweetest, funniest man, and I found myself half in love with him myself by the end of the film, something I suspect was helped along my his lovely Scots accent .

        There are some great comedy monents thrown in, including a few references to famous Monty Python sketches, and there is a really good feel to the film . The chemistry between Paltrow and Hannah is believable, and you can't help hoping that that reality is the one the works out . The ending was a bit of a surprise the first time I watched it, and still reduces me to tears .

        I love this film, 5/5

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          19.04.2010 23:12
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          great for a girls night in

          This is a great film it is split into two and tells two different versions of how just the difference between catching a train and missing it in a split second could have such a dramatic difference on a young advertising exec Helen who gets the sack from her job and the difference a split second can make to her life. Helens boyfriend is having an affair and in one version she discovers him in bed with his lover in the other version his lover has just left. This is a very good film and I never tire of watching it has funny moments and at times can be very sad i'm this film is good at making you think at how something as simple as catching a train or not could have such a impact on your life. This is certainly a film for the girls to watch as it can be a bit of a weepy at times

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            02.04.2010 19:38
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            really enjoyed this film

            I was bored this lunchtime and picked a dvd out of the many we have. I decided to watch Sliding Doors again. The story is about Helen, a PR woman who after getting the sack from her job, she goes down the underground to catch a train home and as she gets to the doors they shut. Then the film rewinds and she comes down again and this time manages to get inside the doors.
            She sits next to James who was in the building where she worked and they had met in the lift on her way out.

            In the meantime her boyfriend at home has had a woman in who is clearly his mistress. Helen comes home to catch them at it in the bedroom and one half of her life continues from here.

            In her alter life she leaves the underground to catch a taxi instead of the train and is mugged and has to go to hospital for some stitches. This time she comes home just after the other woman leaves the house so is unaware of what was going on just before she got there.

            The two different scenarios continue to play out through out the film.

            Gwyneth Paltrow is brilliant as Helen playing both parts so well. John Hanna is adorable as James who makes it his job to cheer Helen up and ends up falling for her. John Lynch was excellent as the Gerry, boyfriend who couldn't decide who he wanted more, the girlfriend or the mistress. Jeanne Triplehorn was Lydia the American mistress who was determined to keep her man for herself.

            The story was really clever how the two scenarios mimicked each other. There are lots of twists in both stories and you are left guessing right up to the end which version is the true one and whether Helen will end up with James or go back with Gerry.

            It was a lovely film and I really enjoyed it. It was so different to the normal rom com films.

            The film was directed by Peter Howitt and it is rated a 15 in the UK. It lasts for 95 minutes.

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              10.03.2010 00:22
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              Great film

              Sliding doors has been one of my favourite films for years now and for me it never tires no matter how many times I watch it. The film centres around the main character Anna, a young PR girl who lives in London with her fiancé Gerry who it turns out is having an affair.

              The story starts with Anna being fired from her job and therefore heading home earlier than she normally would. She heads to the tube station to find her train is already in, so she races down the stairs to make it, however this is where the story splits into two, in one reality a little girl gets in Annas way and she misses the train, in the other she makes the train. This starts a 'What if?' situation, the story can be quite confusing as if you don't pay full attention you might lose what reality you are watching. However in one life Anna soon cuts her hair and dyes it blond, so its a lot easier then to follow.

              I find this film so interesting as I'm sure everyone often wonders 'What if?', the film explores this and shows that even such a minor thing as missing a tube train can have a major impact on our lives, another thing the film explores is fate - What will be will be, no matter what decisions we make along the way. As someone who likes to think fate exists this film is very appealing.

              When I first saw this film I was pretty young and didn't know who Gwyneth Paltrow was so I swallowed up her fake English accent, believing it was real, however on watching it back I think its slightly less believable now. However her acting makes up for this, although I feel James Nesbitt(as a love interest of Anna) acts slightly better than Gwyneth in this, and you grow to really like his character.

              Overall I would give this film 5 stars, I would definitely recommend a viewing, perhaps even a couple as I found that on a second viewing I noticed different things and was more aware of the storyline and the way the film is split.

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                04.01.2010 22:30
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                how different life wounld be if you didnt get that train

                Its the question always asked isn't it? (well I do anyway) what would my life be like now if I had stayed in my home town? What would I be doing now if I had not gone back to that waste of space! What job would I be doing now if I had gone to college? What different people would I know now?

                Well this film tries to show how different your life could be if you were a split second too late for meeting someone, or seeing something. It was produced in 1998 starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah. It focuses on Helen (Paltrow) who is fired from her job and in one part of the film she just misses the London Underground and in another parallel universe she catches it. Hence the idea of how different things could be with such a slight difference to your day as catching a train or not. The film carries on side by side following her on both occasions and how her life is completely different. On the train she meets James (Hannah) and then comes home to her boyfriend early. On the other side she tries to then catch a cab and ends up in hospital as she falls and comes home later. Those differences alone change her life dramatically and gives you such food for thought.
                With the ending on both timelines it shows how life could just be in the hands of fate

                I think Paltrow is great in this movie, its a great romantic film. It was the first of its kind and I don't think I have seen another one like it. It really does question how different things could be like for the decisions that we make. It also shows you how a split second timing can change your life completely around for the better or worse. Hannah is also great for the supportive stranger, I really like him as an actor anyway. Some parts of the film can be very funny, the supporting roles are noteworthy. The soundtrack is great also including Aqua 'Turn back time' (appropriate) Jamiroquai - 'Use the Force' Dido 'Thank you' and Elton John 'Benny and the Jets'

                This film did have some poor reviews so maybe I am just wierd but I really liked this film, it's a funny romantic chick flick that gets you thinking - What if?

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                  30.12.2009 10:09
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                  Great original romantic drama with a touch of humour

                  Have you ever wondered if life would have turned out different or an event happened slightly different if you have made a different decision or done something to affect and outcome in life? Well, Sliding Doors, released in 1998 is a film that tries to show what would happen, perhaps in a slightly extreme way, but still a very enjoyable romantic drama with a few twists and turns along the way and a bit of humour thrown in too.

                  At the start of the film we see Helen, played by Gwyneth Paltrow leaving for work and leaving her husband Jerry, played by John Lynch in bed. As fate would have it this is the day that she loses her job at the firm she works, thus returning from work earlier than expected. We see Jerry is having an affair not known to Helen yet, with Lydia.

                  As she returns home we see her running for a train and as the doors close we see two different outcomes. The first sees her missing the train as the doors close in front of her and the second scenario sees her catching the train barely. This moment of fate forms the theme for the movie and from now on we follow the two paths she takes, one if she caught the train and one of she did not. So it is not too confusing there is always a way to distinguish which life we are watching unfold.

                  If she had caught the train we see her meeting James, played by John Hannah on the train, then getting home and finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman, subsequently moving out and trying to get on with her life without Jerry in it. From there she begins to form a relationship with James and become closer as the movie progresses.

                  On the other hand, if she had missed the train then we see her having to find an alternative route home due to problems on the line, nearly getting mugged and then after being patched up at the hospital which helps at the start to distinguish this side of the story as she has a plaster on her head, she has to get a cab home. Due to the delay she just misses catching Jerry in bed with another woman in this story, thus unaware of his infidelity and carrying on as normal. However, she has her doubts as time goes on.

                  As the film progresses we see how things develop with each story and the first scenario sees her change hair styles so we can ascertain who is who. It's not too hard to keep up if you concentrate. There are many twists in the story as it unfolds and the two lives become closer and closer as the film draws on. Without spoiling too much more of the plot and how things turn up it's definitely worth watching.

                  The way the movie is done I think is very good and as said because they make sure we can always work out which Helen we are looking at it doesn't really get confusing switching back and forward between the two.

                  There are moments of humour thrown in and Jerry is funny trying to cover up his affair and his discussions with his best mate Russell who we always see in the pub loving the drama that is unfolding and finding it all hilarious.

                  I think it's a very interesting concept in that one twist of fate even as small as missing a train or catching up can alter a path you life takes so dramatically. It might be an extreme way of doing it but is trying to show that every decision we make in life can have consequences no matter how small you think that decision might be at the time. I'm sure we all made decisions and wondered how things would have turned out differently had we not done so.

                  It's a wonderful idea for a movie and very enjoyable and made more light-hearted by the moments of comedy thrown in. Highly recommended by me to watch.

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                    I often think, what would my life have been like if I'd have taken that other job instead or married the other guy or even stepped onto a train 5 seconds earlier, would I have met a tall dark stranger or would my life have turned out worse just because time had been altered.

                    This is the main theme of one of my favourite movies, Sliding Doors. Sliding Doors is a 1998 romantic drama staring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah.
                    In it we see two parallel stories happening at the same time. In the first version of events Helen Quilley (Paltrow) who has just been fired from her job and is not in the best of moods anyway, manages to catch an Underground train just as the "sliding doors" are closing. She meets a man called James (Hannah) and they chat a bit. Catching the early train allows Helen to get home in time to catch her boyfriend, Gerry in bed with his ex-girlfriend. She promptly breaks up with him and moves in with her best friend. She bumps into James now and again and the two soon get together.

                    In the second storyline Helen misses the underground train, again just as the "sliding doors" are closing and so gets home just after boyfriend Gerry has managed to get his ex-girlfriend out of the house and so their horrible relationship continues with him cheating on her and her unaware of the situation.

                    The storylines then continue by getting deeper into each relationship and highlights all the trials and tribulations people go through in their daily life.

                    It was quite easy to tell which storyline was which as in the second scenario Helen has mousy brown hair and I think that goes with the character she is in that situation, one afraid of change and willing to stay in a bad relationship with her boyfriend because she is not strong enough to get out.
                    In the first scenario with her new relationship with James she cuts her hair short and it's a lovely blond colour and it really looks as if she means business and wants to make something out of her life.

                    I liked the ways the two stories played out and how they distinguished between the two. It really does get you thinking, could this happen or be happening to me, life is full of twists and turns and we sometimes take it for granted that we have taken the better path, but who knows, sometimes the grass is greener, sometimes it isn't. I'm a big believer in fate and that what happens happens for a reason and we decide to step on that underground train or not because it is the next step in the path that we were destined to take although we have the power to change direction if we want to.
                    There are some nice scenes of London in this movie and makes the city out to be the exciting fun place that it is which has lots of opportunities just around the corner.

                    The film ends well and keeps us guessing which I always like......

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                      13.10.2009 14:47
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                      Spilting your life in two

                      ~ Slide with the Time ~

                      Last night I went to visit my mum like I do most Mondays. Since moving I always dedicate a weekday to see her. After catching up and having a rant about the most common crap things in life we wanted something good to watch. Sliding Doors has been out for over ten years and we have watched it about twenty times but it is still really good, and one of those films you can watch however many times. We do actually own the film on VHS somewhere which shows how old it is. I remember first watching it on TV though a few years ago. There are some recognisable actors involved and I quite like Gwyneth Paltrow. I think she is a very good actress and even though she does not appear in big blockbusters, all her films are soft and well performed. So after discovering this was on I was pleased of the choice as it is a good film to relax to and not think too much about.


                      After watching this a few times we did purchase the VHS and I remember it being an interesting cover. If you have not seen it before the cover is intriguing. It shows the front spilt into two and Gwyneth is on either side but looking different. I like the tagline also shown - There are two sides to every story'. This gets you thinking. What two stories are there and what happens as there are two different styles of the same actress on the front. What I also like about this film is that there are some other great actors including, John Lynch who has played very good parts in many films. The film also has a good director and nice image.

                      The film makes you think about life which maybe good or bad for some. It made me think about what might have happened if things were different or you change your life without knowing. it.


                      ~ INFO ~

                      Director- Peter Howitt

                      I like Peter because like most directors he also does acting and has produced a film too. The multi talented man is also English and started career in entertainment with acting in the late eighties. Sliding doors was actually his first film that he directed which is surprising as it is very successful. Peter also wrote the film as well as directing it. He has been acting longer than directing but some other films that are well known, that he has directed include- 'Johnny English' 2003 and 'Laws of Attraction' 2004. he has won several awards for his work.

                      Release date- 1 May 1998 (UK)
                      Runtime- 99 Mins
                      Certificate- 15
                      Music- David Hirchfelder
                      Distributed- Miramax films and Paramount pictures.

                      ~ CAST ~


                      Gwyneth Paltrow - Helen Quilley
                      John Hannah- James Hammerton
                      John Lynch- Gerry
                      Jeanne Tripplehorn- Lydia
                      Zara Turner- Anna
                      Douglas McFerran - Russell
                      Paul Brightwell- Clive

                      ~ PLOT ~
                      Sliding Doors is a romantic drama which follows the life of a woman called Helen. We see two ways in which her life could go as she reaches the tube and is late. It shows Helen just boarding the train on time and then cuts to her missing it. The film then splits into a parallel universe in what would happen to your life if something like this happened. How different would it be and the changes they make. The film then follows her two lives as she shows how two minutes can change your whole life.
                      They are very different to each other and as it concludes at the end it makes you think hard about how different your lie could be if you missed that bus or train home.

                      ~ The Film~

                      The film was mainly filmed in London and has some brilliant establishing shots of the City. There are plenty of different locations to keep you interested and it gives you an idea of life living in a big city. The story flows well and is not too fast or slow and boring. It sounds complicated when you listen to each story being told but the film shows it in a very simple way. I have not explained what each story consists of as I do not want to ruin it for those who have not seen it. The tone is good and it is neatly made.

                      It has a good soundtrack including the well known track from Dido 'Thank you'. The list from the album shows as-


                      * "Thank You"
                      Performed by Dido
                      * "Good Enough"
                      Performed by Dodgy

                      * "Have fun, go mad"
                      Performed by Blair
                      * "Turn back time"
                      Performed by Aqua

                      * "Amateur"
                      Performed by Aimee Mann
                      * "Use the Force"
                      Performed by Jamiroquai

                      * "Miracle"
                      Performed by Olive
                      * "More Love"
                      Performed by Brand New Heavies

                      * "Call Me Fool"
                      Performed by Those Magnificent Men
                      * "Don't Feel Like Crying"
                      Performed by Abra Moore

                      * "Drug Soup"
                      Performed by Space Monkeys
                      * "Tenderness On The Block"
                      Performed by Patty Larkin

                      * "On My Own"
                      Performed by Peach Union
                      * "Bennie And The Jets"
                      Performed by Elton John

                      * "Honkey Cat"
                      Performed by Elton John

                      ACTING

                      The acting was superb. Gwyneth performs well in both her situations as her character goes through many events. She is very likable in this and you connect with Helen well, wondering what will happen to her. It is properly one of the best films I have seen her in. There are all types of emotions and she shows humour, anger and betrayal. Gwyneth who is an American actress seems to be able to pull of an English woman very well.

                      John also plays really well as his character. He brings a humorous side that you will enjoy. His character is lovable, funny and he fits this well. I found myself laughing at many of his jokes and sarcasm. His humour is light and I especially like the quote from Monty Python's meaning of life which is used several times in the film. Even though there is nothing about John that makes you think wow he is really good looking, he is a caring, simple but funny man who cares a lot about her.


                      All of the supporting actors are great. Helen's best friend Anna is really funny and shows how friends are always there for you. She also brings a little humour to the story. My favourite character has to be Gerry's friend Russell. He is only seen a few times through out but brings hard hitting humour to the movie. Gerry is seen trying to confide in his friend many times as his life is going wrong. Russell seems to be amused by Gerry's situations and dilemmas and just laughs it off. It is a really funny part of the film because every time we see them talking Gerry's life is getting worse and Russell finds it more and more amusing.

                      ~ NAARATIVE ~

                      The story is really good and the first I had seen of its kind. It includes everything you need for a brilliant story. Red herrings, dramatic events and every emotion. The comedy in the film is good and you feel really involved in Helen's life. I really liked the way they filmed both lives and it is not complicated to follow. It is better when in one situation Helen cuts her hair and has a new style. You can then follow each story with ease.

                      There are not many films that show this successfully and Sliding Doors is a film made to perfection. I still enjoy all the twists even though I have seen it so many times before. There is a lot that happens and each story happens quickly to start with.


                      It is very entertaining and does make you think a lot about life. Would life be so different if you missed a bus? What changes could be made in two minutes difference. It is quite intuiting thinking that these two minutes could change your life. I have read some reviews which say that they were disappointed with the ending. I actually quite liked how it ended as it is unpredictable and different. It all comes together very well. It is defiantly more stylish and interesting than your average romantic comedy film.

                      ~ OVERALL ~
                      It is a very lovely film which is interesting all the way through. The acting is great, the filming is good and the story is original. It maybe more of a girls film and maybe watch it on a girl's night in. I would certainly recommend this to anyone and will try to find a copy on DVD. A must see film1 I would give it a 9/10.


                      ~ EXTRAS ~

                      - Rotten Tomato rating- 63%


                      Quotes
                      Anna: Are you okay?
                      Helen: Yes, just going quietly mad.
                      Anna: Thank goodness for that. I was worried.

                      James: Cheer up. Remember what the Monty Python boys say.
                      Helen: "Always look on the bright side of life"?
                      James: No, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition."
                      James: What are you doing two weeks on Saturday?
                      Helen: Probably killing myself.
                      James: Excellent. What time does that finish? Do you like boats?


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                      The DVD can be found on Play.com for £2.99. This is a single disc but comes with some special features.

                      Published on Ciao and Doyoo x x

                      Oct 2009 - Blackmagicstar4

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                        Loveable romance

                        For a film running along two separate timelines this is surprisingly not confusing and a pleasant film to watch again and again.
                        Helen, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, works in a successful PR company until she makes a mistake and is fired. On her way home a child gets in her way on the stairs of the London Underground and she also misses her tube home.
                        Rewind.
                        We now see Helen as we just saw her a moment ago but the child is pulled out of Helens way and she catches the tube.
                        So now we are following two different storylines both running parallel to watch other, this sounds a lot more complicated than it is to watch.
                        Helen who catches the tube goes home to find boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) in bed with his ex girlfriend (played fiercely by Jeanne Tripplehorn) and moves into her best friends house. She cuts her hair and dyes it blond, which also helps with then keeping track of which timeline we are on.
                        Helen who misses the tube then gets mugged outside and goes home and doesn't walk in on the Gerry scenario and is none the wiser to his adventures.
                        Newly blonde haired Helen ends up dating the dashing James (John Hannah) who she had met on the tube that fateful day.
                        We watch as the two different Helens go separate ways until, at the same moment, there is a huge twist that will effect the fate of each Helen and also shows us which of the stories should have been the way she had gone.
                        This film is very enjoyable and lovable but only for females. I can not imagine many men liking this that much. Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah have brilliant on screen chemistry and it is endearing to watch their characters together.

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                          04.09.2009 19:14
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                          Great romantic comedy with twists and turns and an original story

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                          Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a top pr girl but after one mistake gets fired from her job. She goes to the tube station and it is here that the film splits into two stories. One sees Helen manage to get on the next tube, meet a nice guy called Gerry (John Lynch), get home and find her boyfriend in bed with his ex. The other sees her miss the tube and not find out about her cheating boyfriend and not meet the witty and refreshing Gerry. After a short time one of the 'Helens' changes her haircut so you can clearly tell each story apart from the other. You see Helen's life from two perspectives and see her make completely different choices career wise and men wise.

                          The interesting part of this film is that you get to see what a huge effect one thing could have on your life. Split second decisions and occurrences really can change our life's path permanently. It's an interesting concept and an original idea which makes Sliding Doors an intriguing and entertaining film to watch. At the end of the film of course you discover that only one of these situations was reality (I won't say which).

                          I am not a huge fan of Gwyneth I am afraid to say. This is probably only one of two films I can bear to watch her in. Perhaps it's the way she comes across in real life, I don't know, but there's something about her I really can't stand. She plays the two roles of Helen here very well though - both roles take Helen on different journeys and through different emotions and Gwyneth handles both of them well and with ease. Her British accent is also believable and if you didn't know better you'd never guess she was really American. The romance element is great too - she has a spark with John Lynch on screen and the romance is played out realistically - none of this falling in love in one day malarky. John Lynch is very genuine and warm in his character Gerry and as a viewer it just draws you into his romance with Helen even more. John Lynch is a great dramatic actor and this is probably one of his best roles.

                          Even though you flick between the two parallel stories, it's done at a good pace and it doesn't make the film confusing at all - probably helped by Helen's changed appearance in one of the stories. Most women will be able to relate to Helen too - whether you've been fired, been dumped, been cheated on or are scared in a new relationship - it's all here. Whilst most romcoms are predictable, this one actually isn't - because of the two stories you never actually know what is going to happen right up until the very end which is great and just makes the film even more watchable.

                          It's quite a girls film I have to say, not sure if the guys would like it, but its one of those romcoms that really is one of the better ones. Full of twists and turns that keep you guessing til the very end. You can get it for under a fiver on Play and the usual outlets so it's a bargain too. Definitely worth watching.

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                          27.08.2009 21:10
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                          Great all rounder

                          Sliding Doors is a romantic comedy that was released in 1998. It is rated 15 due to some mild sex and nudity and some minor uses of bad language and the film is 95 minutes long.

                          Plot
                          When Helen Quilley gets fired from her job, on her way home, her life is split into two parallel universes when she is waiting to get on the London Underground.

                          In one version of her life, she gets on the train and meets James, who encourages her to company and she makes it home in time to catch her boyfriend cheating on her.

                          In the other version, she misses the train and while trying to get a taxi home, she falls and hits her head, landing her in hospital while her boyfriend is cheating on her. She doesn't meet James and ends up working many part time jobs just to pay the bills.

                          The film shows what would have happened in both of the different versions of Helen's life and how they come together in the end.

                          Cast
                          Gwyneth Paltrow - Helen Quilley
                          John Hannah - James Hammerton
                          John Lynch - Gerry
                          Jeanne Tripplehorn - Lydia
                          Zara Turner - Anna

                          My Opinion
                          I loved the concept of this film and I think it was something completely different to other 90's films. While being light hearted and funny in places, the story also manages to make you think about your own life and how one little thing can change everything.

                          Gwyneth Paltrow plays the main character, Helen, and while I don't normally like her, I didn't think she was so bad in this film. It is always obvious when an American actor puts on a British accent, or tries might be the better way of putting it but Paltrow isn't exceptionally bad at it. She was a great choice as the lead role and she came across really well in both versions of her life.

                          John Hannah who plays love interest James for one of the Helens, adds some nice, light comedy to the film. I found James to be extremely likable and was a great contrast to Helen's boyfriend Gerry, who was played by John Lynch.

                          As the films switches between the two stories of Helen's life, it can be quite confusing at times. You really need to give this film 100% of your attention otherwise you will find yourself totally baffled. At least Helen looks very different in each of her lives and that is the one aspect that makes the story easier to follow.

                          Sliding Doors isn't your usual romcom as it doesn't use over the top jokes but instead has little moments that will make you giggle. I really liked that Sliding Doors has a real story unlike the bits of fluff that we are subjected to most of the time. The ending isn't at all predictable which makes a lovely change from the boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after kind of film.

                          The soundtrack to Sliding Doors really helps to make the film what it is with tracks from Aqua (which was surprisingly used extremely well), Dido and Elton John. The music really adds to the emotions of the characters and helps the audience to connect with the story.

                          I liked this film a lot more than I thought I would but mainly because it was original with a great script and even better cast. My boyfriend actually liked this one too because of the twists and turns and lack of slushiness.

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                            23.08.2009 01:11
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                            A wonderful film, well worth a watch.

                            I have wanted to watch this film since it was released in 1998, and it has proven to be well worth the wait.

                            Gwyneth Paltrow plays Helen, who is not having a very good day. She is fired from her job and then is almost late for her underground train home... or is she? As she runs to catch the sliding doors (insert title of film here), we see her both catch the train and miss it. From that point, we are treated to a double-narrative film that shows how her life develops in each world.

                            In one life she meets silly yet charming James, in the other she misses out. In one life she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her, in the other she is fooled. And so on.

                            The film raises interesting questions with regard to which life is more fulfilling or has more value, and though there is a tragic thread the film ends on a hopeful note. The acting is excellent (Paltrow's English accent is mostly spot on) and it is a wonderful story. Sadly, the DVD has no special features.

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                            20.08.2009 20:39

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                            An interesting take on the genre

                            Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a douche when it comes to British romantic comedies. I like to watch the locations that I recognise and I inevitably get wrapped up in the story in the process. This was one of those movies.

                            The basic plot is that we get to see two alternate realities. One where Gweneth Paltrow catches a train on time, one where shoes doesn't....and the differences that result for the divergence in the two realities. In one she discovers that her boyfriend is cheating, leaves and then meets John Hannah. In the other she stays with cheating boyfriend in ignorance. I won't give anymore away but the ending is somewhat bittersweet.

                            What I like about this film is that it is not your standard soppy fare. It has backbone to it and you never go off into tinseltown. The story stays ground and reasonably true to life (aside from the obvious) and the fact that a traditional happy ending is absent add some intelligence to the piece. Add that to the fact that the alternate reality concept has never been done before, well at least outside of a Star Trek episode anyhow, and you have something that's a little bit more than a standard love story.

                            Worth checking out.

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                            17.08.2009 15:50
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                            Light, interesting film about chances

                            In Sliding Doors we can watch two parallel stories in one. What happens if Helen (Gwineth Paltrow) catches the tube after just being fired from her job, and what happens if she does not.
                            If she catches the tube to get home early, she will also catch her boyfriend, Gerry (John Lynch) red-handed with his ex. This way, after crying her eyes out, Helen can move on, start a new life with the support of her best friend Anna (Zara Turner) and find new love with James (John Hannah).
                            If she misses the tube, she can carry on supporting her useless boyfriend so that he can finish his novel. That means she can work like a slave, while being used and humiliated by her boyfriend and his lover Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn).
                            I recommend this instructive film to ladies, especially. It is funny, and gives you the knowledge of recognising the obvious signs of somebody lying and/or cheating.
                            The other message of the film is that if something meant to happen, it will happen eventually.
                            The two possible stories will join in the same sort of event, making them become one again, giving us an interesting, pretty shocking ending.
                            I also liked that the story takes place in London...

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