Purple Violets

29 Oct

Patti Petalson (played by Selma Blair) is a writer, but she hasn’t produced much for a while and these days she struggles to find the motivation to write. She’s been married to chef Chazz (by Donal Logue) for six years, but even that’s a struggle these days. One evening, out to dinner with her best friend Kate (by Debra Messing), Patti bumps into her college sweetheart, Brian Callahan (by Patrick Wilson), He’s become a successful writer himself, with a string of novels released to much acclaim – so to impress him she stretches the truth about her own writing accomplishments. The encounter is difficult – Brian has his best mate, Michael “Murph” Murphy (by Edward Burns) with him – and Kate was once in a deep romance with Murph. Seeing him still hurts her a lot. The women try to brush off the chance meeting, but something in Patti stirs and she discovers she wants more from her life than just her dead-end job selling real estate for her ungrateful boss Gilmore (by Dennis Farina), her floundering marriage and her equally floundering writing career. Due to circumstances, Patti’s life crosses paths with Brian’s a few times and one thing leads to another  – her emotions are stirred and she starts to write once again. Will this be what she needs to get her writing again? … perhaps she will now be able to produce that great American novel she aspires to?

This movie is rather pedestrian, with performers who seem to be going through the motions, but none really providing anything noteworthy. As Patti, Selma Blair is reasonable but Debra Messing seems to be woefully mis-cast as the heart-broken and hard-edged Kate. Edward Burns both directs and stars in this, but he doesn’t seem to do a great job at either – his character “Murph” is awful, not even quirkily endearing and as Patti’s would-be soulmate, Brian, Patrick Wilson is also just going through the motions. Dennis Farina and Donal Logue add little to the story overall. In fact, as Patti’s husband, Donal Logue is weird – totally superfluous to the entire production – again just going through the motions.  It doesn’t quite hit the mark. It’s something to pass the time, but little more. However, it did receive the Best Feature Award at the 2007 Savannah Film and Video Festival, so others clearly think it has merit.

Made in 2006. Directed by Edward Burns.

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