Director Stanley Donen delivers all the insouciance and glamour you'd expert from a veteran of Hollywood musicals. But though he elicits charming performances from his strong cast, Donen never figures out how to make A. R. Gurney’s epistolary play look like a movie rather than a filmed theater piece.
Andy Ladd (Steven Weber) has had a crush on Melissa Gardner (Laura Linney) ever since they were third graders. Their friendship has lasted throughout the years, even though they never had a romance: When they were adolescents, Melissa kept the love-struck Andy at bay in a coquettish fashion. Instead of acting on their impulses, the WASP soul-mates allowed the di...