Synopsis: Buddy (Affleck) has just signed an airline in Chicago as a big client, but is ironically delayed at the airport waiting for a flight to LA on that same airline. He meets fellow passenger Greg, who opts to be bumped, even though it means missing an activity with his older son. When the flight gets resumed, Buddy thinks he's doing a good deed by swapping tickets with Greg so he can get home to his son. Sadly, the flight crashes. Buddy conspires with his friend, the ticket agent that night, to take his name off the passenger list and put Greg's on. Once he's back in LA, his new client dictates that the company run a series of feel-good ads about the crash. Buddy feels very hypocritical, and completely loses it when the commercials win a Cleo. After going through re-hab, he decides he needs to check on Greg's widow. But he doesn't plan on falling in love with her.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Don Roos
Production: Miramax Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


Hey, Jim, ready

for your Christmas present?

We're now the biggest little

ad agency on the west coast.


We got it back?

Yeah. I pitched,

they caught, we closed.

We got the Infinity Airlines

account for the next 2 years.

They love us.


This is great, Buddy.

I thought he was gonna

give me a corsage.

I thought he was gonna

kiss me right there.

Did he sign?

Yeah. I got the signed

contract in front of me.

I'm looking at it.

You want a quote?

He said, "I can't see

why we would ever leave."

Buddy, this is great.

You did it!

Yeah, no problem.

I'm on the 6:
00 flight.

I think I'm flying free

for life.

Hey, Buddy, you really

came through on this one.

What can I tell you?

That's some

Christmas present.

No problem, man.

All right.

I'll see you in a bit.


Is it supposed to

snow like this all night?

P. A:
Thank you

for your patience

this snowy holiday season.

If you have not met...


O'Hare is hell with runways

and a couple ofTCBY's.


Yeah. Does it show?

I think I flew out

with you on Tuesday.

Ron Wachter.

Yeah. Buddy Amaral.

Good to see you.

I don't know.

I've seen worse.

I think we'll get

out of here.

Hey, Buddy.

You made it out.

Janice. I was

gonna call you.

Yeah. I was gonna

hold my breath.

Nice talking to you.

So, did we like

your dog and pony show?

Well, what can I say,

you know?

Love at frst sight.

Lucky us.

So, you on the 6:00?

Yes, I am.

Just about

to push it back.

- No.

- Mm-hmm.

God damn it.

Well, time for a drink?

Yeah, that's why they

called me in on my day off.

Drinks with the freight.

So, next time, yeah?

I'll call you.


[Loud Chatter]

Whoa. Sorry.

Sorry, it's this bag.

I don't know where I am.

It's all right, man.

You got your whole

Let's Go:
Europe thing

happening there.

I understand.

Eurail pass, yogurt,

get stoned,

see the Anne Frank House.


Sit down. Join us.

Have a drink.

- This is Mimi.

- Hi.

We've known each other

for, what, 5 minutes?

I think she's bored

with me already.

Well, thanks.

Sure, why not?

The line at the snack bar

is like an hour.

Oh, God.

Let me guess...

English teacher.

Let me guess... agent.



It's like agenting

without the heart.

Am I that much

of a clich?


don't look at me.

I'm just sitting

here eating nuts.

And I'm not a teacher.

I'm a writer.

A writer?

That's what I started out at.

Couldn't make a living.

I write for TV.

TV? So that "I'm so much

better than you" look

I saw on your face

when I said advertising,

I must have imagined it.

Maybe on his face

you imagined it.

I got nothing

against advertising.

It pays me, I guess.

That's right, it does.

What do you do again?

I told you. I'm with

the National Organ Center.

I'm in development.

Gotta love that.

She's in

organ development.



She has this whole

great speech on here

that David Crosby

gives, actually,

about transplants

and stuff.

It's pretty compelling.

I write plays, too.

That's what I was

doing in Chicago.

A play of mine


What TV shows?

It was no big deal.

A little theater.

I'm here again next week.

I love plays.

No, it closed.

It closed.

Um, it was a limited...

It's called

Lilacs in the Dooryard.

I wonder why

we have plays anymore.

Hello? We got movies.

Check a movie out.


Know what I mean?

Hmm, not in here.


What's a dooryard?

It's from a Whitman poem.

"When lilacs last in

the dooryard bloomed."

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Don Roos

Don Roos was born on April 14, 1955 in New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Marley & Me (2008), The Opposite of Sex (1998) and Bounce (2000). He is married to Dan Bucatinsky. They have two children. more…

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