She's The One

on August 23, 1996 by Kim Williamson
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   There are Edward Burns, Michael McGlone and Maxine Bahns. There are Irish-American brothers who alternately antagonize and support each other. There are good-looking young women who are the bane and the blessing of the young men's existence. But there is a new title, "She's the One," and there is nice-looking 35mm film in the camera, which really are the key distinguishing marks between Burns' sophomore effort and his 1995 16mm indie success "The Brothers McMullen." How well does Burns tread water? On the whole, acceptably. "She's the One" features dialogue that is less real-world but more zingingly literary, and the characters are intriguing in their unexpectedness. As the elder of the fightin' Fitzpatrick brood, Mickey (Burns) is a happily going-nowhere New York cabbie who after a few days' courtship marries a virtual stranger (Bahns), who insists on moving to Paris, with or without him; the younger, competitive Francis (McGlone) is a high-powered Wall Streeter secretly cheating on his sex-starved wife (Jennifer Aniston) with Mickey's former girlfriend (Cameron Diaz); their always-fishing father (John Mahoney) tries to keep the peace while inventing girls' names for his sons. By film's end, even dad will be having woman troubles.
   The key missteps, surprisingly, are the characters done by Burns' earlier players. Neither Bahns (save for a glimmer) or McGlone (at all) are able to make headway through their self-involved personas, beginning and ending as little more than obnoxious ciphers.    Starring Edward Burns, Jennifer Aniston, Michael McGlone, Cameron Diaz, Maxine Bahns and John Mahoney. Directed and written by Edward Burns. Produced by Ted Hope, James Schamus and Edward Burns. A Fox Searchlight release. Romantic drama. Rated R for language, including sex-related dialogue. Running time: 96 min.
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