Catch a Falling Star
Sela Ward stars in this lighthearted romantic comedy about a spoiled Hollywood star who flees the spotlight in an effort to reconnect with something real and ends up finding true love in a small steel town.
Sydney Clarke (Ward) is a pampered film star, unhappy with the production she is working on and very unhappy to find her co-star/fiancé smooching a stand-in. Fed up with the phony plastic celebrity of Hollywood, she storms off the New England location. Walking through the woods on a cold and wet night, she gets lost. When she comes upon a quaint little town, she decides to stay there awhile and reconnect with people. While no one recognizes her as a world famous movie star, she takes a job as a nurses’ aide at the local steel mill, where she finds friendship with a kind waitress and romance with her hunky boss.
I’m not sure I find much heroism in the film’s heroine. She walks out of a production, leaving the studio and the film crew up a creek while she tries to find herself. (The “me first” mantra doesn’t seem to be working, yet it still gets promoted by artistes.) Then the film portrays everyone in the entertainment community as shallow and corrupt. I promise, that is not true. But most absurd is the concept that a famous movie star could go unrecognized in America’s heartland. Then again, the good folk of Metropolis never could get that Clark Kent/Superman thing, so maybe it’s possible. The premise has been done before in the TV-movie “Amber Waves” with more satisfying results, but it’s fairly harmless “veg-out” material. We approve the film for ages 12 and older, due to the positive presentation of hard-laboring, working-class Americans and the generous spirit of the lead character once she realizes the struggle of others. Take note: Although there are no bedroom scenes, this is one more production that approves sex outside of marriage.