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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Kevin Costner
Robin Wright Penn
Paul Newman
Ileanna Douglas
Directors
Luis Mandoki
Screenwriters
Gerald Di Pego
Running Time
119 minutes

Message In A Bottle
Romantic drama built upon one woman's discovery of a bereaved husband's ocean borne letters to his dead wife.


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Plot
A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.


Verdict
So misjudged is the final "profound" development that in its sheer rumness you idealise a delightful situation where screenwriter DiPego somehow got his wires crossed with another Eastern seaboard drama. And as Costner casts off in his new spangly yacht - the embodiment of his dead wife we are bafflingly led to consider - a freak 30-foot Great White swims into his waters and he shockingly realises he's gonna need a bigger boat.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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