Director: Don Roos
Producer: Michael Besman, Steve Golin
Screenwriter: Don Roos
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natasha
Henstridge, Jennifer Grey, Tony Goldwyn, Joe Morton, David
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Year of Release: 2000
Released on Video: 04/10/2001
Ad-man Buddy thinks he’s doing Greg a
favor by swapping tickets with him during a long weather delay
at the airport. Greg needs to get home so he can be with his
son; meanwhile, Buddy has a lovely and available woman to
keep him occupied while waiting for the next flight. But Greg’s
plane crashes, all aboard are killed, and Buddy’s agency
is charged with smoothing over the airline’s public
relations fiasco. In trying to make up for his guilt, he hunts
down Greg’s wife and son and tries to help them, but
fails to tell them who he is. Meanwhile, he falls in love
with both of them. Torn between his love and his increasing
guilt, he is working up the courage to tell them who he is
when they find out on their own and send him packing. After
succumbing to alcoholism, loosing his job and working through
rehab, he begins life with a fresh outlook.
Notice how Buddy’s guilt grows and threatens
to ruin his life, but is finally overcome by his humility and
willingness to heal.
- Do you believe that you cannot let go
of your guilt? (By using the word “guilt” here,
I am referring to “feelings of guilt” that are
not based on being guilty of a serious misbehavior. You may
know the difference rationally, intuitively, or after you
have heard at least one well-meaning friend tell you: ”You
should not feel guilty about this.”
- Do you think Buddy misperceives himself as being guilty?
- Do you remember a time in your life when you were able to
let go of feelings of guilt?
- Imagine how you would feel, if you were free of this guilt
- If this was possible and you don’t think Buddy is
guilty, do you consider that you might have the capacity to
release your guilt now?
- How you would feel, if you were free of guilt?