When you’ve seen all of the newer films (or you feel like you have), the only thing to do is go back and revisit the older titles. Such is true of this 1998 comedy featuring “glow up” stars of the 2000s, and a pretty fun premise.
Overnight Delivery (1998) Film Review
Being with his girlfriend is pretty all Wyatt Trips (Paul Rudd) thinks about. As they’re about to part and be miles away from each other in college, he assumes that’s all she thinks about. But it’s not. Instead she has plans for them. Plans they’ll someday marry and then they’ll be together forever. As the months go by, they talk on the phone until Trips discovers that she’s cheating on him. In quite a range, fate introduces him to Ivy Miller (Reese Witherspoon), a struggling college student who gives him advice. If he really wants to get back at her, send her an overnight poison pen letter (complete with visual implication that Trips too is stepping out). This is all well and good until he learns that his girl isn’t really cheating on him!
This sets into motion a mad dash of events that sends the unusual pair across the country to try and stop the letter from reaching Kim, before all Trip plans of a future diminish.
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This is a film I read about while putting together my Reese Witherspoon ‘film icon’ list. It’s also one I hadn’t seen, and hit me when I realized that Reese and Paul Rudd played in a film prior to the 2010 title How Do You Know. Of the two pairings, this is the better one even if the later does benefit from better filmmaking. Overnight Delivery has some flaws, but overall, it’s pretty dang cute.
Rudd is, as usual, his normal charming self as the hapless guy hopelessly in love with the “good girl.” Witherspoon plays, in this film, the maybe-not-so-good girl who knows how to let her hair down. (It’s also just fun to see these stars in such a young role.) The story is a typical romantic-comedy of the 90s, but is really quite fun, especially if you like road trip comedies. There’s a sweet little “wild flower” romance and of course, all kinds of adventure between these two. All around it’s just a fun film that if not a forever favorite (and it’s VERY 90s) is certainly a cute one-time watch.
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You can watch this 1998 comedy digitally on Amazon Video
Content: there’s some crude comments and conversation. Ivy is a dancer at a male club; there’s one scene of suggestive dancing and two people take a suggestive photo (she partially undresses). There may be some profanity. The film is PG-13.
Photos: New Line Cinema