Rated R, 100 minutes
With a title like "Unforgettable," a film is only setting itself up for failure, which seems to be the case with the (yes) forgettable new "Fatal Attraction" ripoff whose name was just mentioned. It's modestly entertaining along the lines of a guilty-pleasure, late-night Red Box rental, in spite of an appealing cast trying in vain to make it work.
Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David, becomes happily engaged to Julia (Rosario Dawson). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. Tessa's jealousy takes a pathological turn, and she will stop at nothing to turn Julia's dream into the ultimate nightmare.
"Unforgettable" is directed by prolific Hollywood producer Denise DiNovi in her directorial debut, with a script from Christina Hodson and David Leslie Johnson. The trashy, third-rate psycho Barbie revenge flick is nothing new, and this is something usually reserved for straight-to-DVD flicks that are available when there's nothing else to watch, and probably would've been if not for Emmy-winner turned-diva Heigl, who personifies the uptight, mentally unstable perfectionist mother with her sleek, shiny blond hair and botoxy-looking face.
Though she's clearly the villain here, she's far more memorable to watch (the villains are usually much more fun) in "Unforgettable," and she faces off with the immensely likable yet bland Dawson, as the other woman who has some secrets of her own. The biggest problem is with the contrived, predicable script that's not really worth much until the end, when Heigl and Dawson finally go toe-to-toe in a very choreographed girlfight.
The two most memorable things about "Unforgettable" are two very different supporting players: "Charlie's Angels" star Cheryl Ladd, still lovely as ever, appears briefly as Tessa's even more uptight mother (and as stories that have emerged over the years, a role that could've been based on Heigl's own controlling mother and manager); as the sarcastic best friend, comedian Whitney Cummings steals scenes and gets some good lines (including the psycho Barbie line used earlier) to keep the proceedings bearable.
After Heigl's diva-like antics over the years, she's not my (or many others) favorite person, but I give her credit for making the mess that is "Unforgettable" a little more fun. This one's definitely a rental after you see all the other summer blockbusters.