Always suspect the wife. Well, I certainly suspect Halle Berry. Maybe
she took the lead in the murderous "The Rich Man's Wife" as a
warning to her almost-ex. There had to be some other reason than the predictable
plot and luke-warm direction provided by writer/director Amy Holden Jones.
Berry is terrified of getting out of a Jeep on a country road at night,
but leaps out of her car in an obviously bad city neighborhood? And returns
to the car after being pursued by a psycho bent on killing her? I have
a problem with a female writer who contrives "Indecent Proposal"
but is capable of "Mystic Pizza".
So Christopher McDonald - with a padded belly - is the conflicted husband,
Berry is his wife, and Clive Owen is her British lover. But it is Peter
Greene as the reality-challenged Cole who adds the only intensity to what
is supposed to be suspenseful. And Clea Lewis, from the TV series 'Ellen',
is the outstanding comic relief. She is a welcome respite from the dreariness
of this stale rerun. Rated R.