Year 1, Day 214
Movie #427: Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Length: 98 minutes
Starring: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, and David Schwimmer
Plot: Robin Monroe, a New York magazine editor, and the gruff pilot Quinn Harris must put aside their mutual dislike if they are to survive after crash landing on a deserted South Seas island.
Review: This is a shallow, predictable story that works because of the charming pairing of Heche and Ford and the gorgeous backdrop of a tropical island. The plot is anything but original - a man and a woman who don’t get along are thrust together and forced to work together to survive. There is an extended ‘will they or won’t they’ tease before everything ties up in a neat bow at the end.
But I loved every second of it.
Harrison Ford was 56 years old when this movie came out and I’m not ashamed to admit that I found him ridiculously attractive. His gruff personality and Heche’s spunky attitude work nicely together and I wasn’t even grossed out by the near thirty year age difference between them. There was even a scene that addressed his age, which I felt was a nice touch. They are both surprisingly charismatic and single-handedly (or would it be double-handedly?) carry the film on their shoulders. They certainly didn’t get any help from Schwimmer who was either whining or channeling Ross Geller. And honestly, when given the choice between Ross and Indiana Jones, who would you choose?
The romantic aspect is cliche but because the characters are so likable, it doesn’t matter. You want them to survive their crazy ordeal and end up together so you will deal with all the typical twists and turns it takes to get there. Even the shoehorned in pirate subplot didn’t annoy me - it just added a spice of adventure and tension (cliche ‘movie of the week’ type adventure, but adventure nonetheless).
Six Days, Seven Nights is probably one of the most average romantic movies out there. It follows the recipe to the letter and doesn’t take any risks by going outside the box. But between Heche and Ford, they manage to save the film and make it a fun, easy watch.
The blue water, lush landscape, and tropical score don’t hurt either.