While this movie made somewhat more sense on a second viewing (several years after the first attempt), it still comes across as stuffy, dull, and dated. Michelle Pfeiffer is lovely as a scandalous divorcee and Wynona Rider as the afianced bride whose husband is being drawn away from her conveys both a wide-eyed, youthful innocence and the watchfulness of a woman challenged, but they can't save this adaptation alone; the rest of the cast may as well be covered in dust.

I'm not sure what it is about most literary film adaptations of the 90s that leave me underwhelmed and unimpressed, but there almost always seems to be something lacking in the chemistry or the storyline.

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