Committed (2000)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Road Movie  |   Release Date - Apr 28, 2000 (USA)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Aubry Anne D'Arminio

Lisa Krueger's Committed is an irksome film that mistakes self-righteousness for probity. Heather Graham's Joline is so committed to her marriage vows that she follows her deadbeat husband, Carl (Luke Wilson), from New York to Texas in order to win him back. Carl, a depressed, adulterous, and selfish photojournalist is in an "emotional wheelchair" according to Joline and it is up to her to stick by him through this rough spot. Unlike the rest of the world, Joline believes in the sanctity of marriage. Joline is good. Joline is great. And throughout the 90-odd minutes of this offensive film, no one bothers to ask Joline how her beliefs apply to spousal or child abuse -- or what she would do if her husband's "emotional wheelchair" turned into alcoholism and cigarette burns. After she is literally committed to a mental ward for breaking into Carl's new house, the misunderstood Joline realizes that her values are just too pure for the society that she must learn to embrace. She leaves Carl, returns to New York, refocuses her integrity and tenacity on freeing Tibet and learning a martial art -- and takes a brave leap of faith into the depraved real world. Aren't we lucky.