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Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)



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Six Days, Seven Nights is one of those movies that isn't great, per se, but is a lot of fun. Its premise certainly isn't all that interesting -- it's a battle of the sexes romp where an uncouth pilot crashes into an unpopulated island with an independent woman. The sparks fly, perilous adventures ensue, and you can see them falling in love an hour and a half before they do.

What makes this movie so entertaining nonetheless are a couple of things, the first and foremost being the delightful chemistry of the lead cast, Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. Their dialogue together is very well written, and their perfectly timed delivery makes it even better. In fact, both performances are something of a pleasant surprise -- Harrison Ford shies away from his "walk around in a daze" schtick that mars the most recent of his otherwise excellent acting, and Anne Heche is finally given a role that demands something of her and proves she can handle it. It is often said that comedy is even more difficult to do than drama. Here Ford and Heche are successful at a balanced blend of both, resulting in highly satisfying fare.

The film's second major asset is its stunning cinematography. The movie was filmed on location in Kauai, and it certainly shows. The sweeping vistas of the Hawaiian scenery are breathtaking, yet half way through the movie, I noticed, amused, how little I was looking at it. You know the characters in a movie are entertaining to watch when they upstage Hawaiian landscapes.

What I didn't like in Six Days, Seven Nights was most of the cuts back to Heche's fiance (David Schwimmer) and Ford's girlfriend (Jacqueline Obradors). Schwimmer's character worked when the story was being set up, and it worked when the story was concluding. But in the middle of the movie, it grew quickly tiresome to leave Ford and Heche and hear these other two characters gab.

Nevertheless, I left the theater exhilarated. I knew I hadn't watched a masterpiece of cinema, or even close. But I had seen something I enjoyed, and that much stuck with me.