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Daryl Hannah is quite fetching and few can blame Robert Redford for not kicking her out of bed (even though it’s a ridiculously obvious violation of legal ethics) in “Legal Eagles” (1986). But if you can find a woman that looks at you the way Debra Winger looks at Redford, you make her your co-counsel and never let her go. Otherwise, the film is another one of those dopey 1980s lawyer movies that bear no resemblance to actual lawyering. Writer/director Ivan Reitman has Redford and Winger defend Hannah, who’s accused of murdering someone(s?) over a generation-old, art-world grudge. Hijinks ensue.

In 1989, director Rob Reiner was just starting to make people forget actor Rob Reiner (Meathead from “All in the Family”) when he created a cinematic standard for romantic comedies. Helped by an all-star team (writer Nora Ephron, cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan), Reiner’s “When Harry Met Sally” is the Woody Allen movie for everyone who doesn’t like Woody Allen movies, a Manhattancentric look at Baby Boomer relationships with romance and pathos leavened by cunning wit. Crystal and Ryan are the friends who think friends can’t be lovers (or is it vice versa?) until they are.

Canada – America’s cold, remote neighbor. Seems its romantic comedies are a little like that, too. “Chaos Theory” (2008) is actually a very good Ryan Reynolds vehicle. He gets to play a whole range of emotions as a wedding-day dad imparting wisdom to a cold-footed groom, using his own marriage as an example. But instead of the artistic safety of American-style, cinematic tentpole commerce, this film is edgier, angrier and sadder. But also wittier and with music designed to speak to the story rather than to sell the original motion picture soundtrack. A little harder to love, but still a keeper.