Two name talents in leading roles don't guarantee success, a point proven all too clearly with HEARTBURN. The film is based on the Ephron novel detailing her marital break-up with journalist Carl Bernstein; but although the book had a distinctive bite, the film is a colorless adaptation.
While attending a friend's wedding, Streep, a divorced magazine writer, is attracted to Nicholson, an important Washington, DC, columnist. Nicholson begins to woo Streep almost immediately; and within five minutes of film time, the two are getting married. Streep quits her New York job to move to
Washington, but gradually Nicholson somes to feel stifled by the marriage. HEARTBURN f...