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Half love story, half erotic thriller that futilely attempts to camouflage a lack of depth thorough coarse talk and mildly deviant sexual behavior. An aged Meg Ryan, apparently eager to reassert herself as a sex symbol, plays English teacher Franny Thorstin who falls for hard-nosed cop Malloy (Mark Ruffalo) despite signs that point to him as a serial killer. For two protracted hours, the two stumble around in search of a killer whose identity remains unknown due to Malloy's complete incompetence as a detective. The dialogue is neither clever nor original and though the story progresses, it does not develop. Murders continue to occur and Ruffalo and Ryan have more sex, but the story is fundamentally the same at 20 minutes as it is at 120.