|She's the One|
She's the One theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Edward Burns|
|Produced by||Edward Burns
|Written by||Edward Burns|
|Music by||Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers|
|Editing by||Susan Graef|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 23, 1996|
|Running time||96 min|
She's the One is the second feature film written and directed by New York actor/director Edward Burns. The 1996 comedy/drama stars Burns, Jennifer Aniston, and Cameron Diaz. The film marks one of Tom Petty's rare stabs at writing a movie soundtrack.
The film tells the story of Irish-Catholic Fitzpatrick brothers, Mickey (Burns) and Francis (McGlone) and the tribulations of love, family and betrayal. Mickey is a New York City cab driver, unhappy over an act of infidelity by Heather (Diaz), his ex-fiancée. Francis is a Wall Street stock investor, who unknown to his wife Renee (Aniston), is having an affair.
While driving his cab Mickey picks up Hope (Maxine Bahns), a girl with whom he becomes infatuated and impulsively marries that same week. This causes consternation for his brother, largely because he was not asked to be best man at the wedding. Mickey moves in with Hope, but later becomes disillusioned with aspects of their lifestyle, including frequent power cuts in their ramshackle apartment.
Francis is also having problems in his marriage. He is concerned that he is being unfair to Heather, his mistress, the very same woman Mickey left, by continuing to stay with his wife Renee. Renee' family suggest the problem may be that he is gay, so she has Mickey and their father Frank (John Mahoney) confront him about it. He denies being gay, but admits to being unfaithful.
Meanwhile, Francis' arrogance leads him to take potshots at his brother for the apparent lack of forward progression in his life with his wife, while Francis argues with Heather about her own sexual infidelity with a much older man referred to as "Papa".
One day, Mickey picks up Heather in his cab and agrees to go up to her apartment. Even though Heather comes on mildly to Mickey, he does not reciprocate.
Throughout all this their father offers advice to both sons. Then Frank learns during a fishing trip with the church's pastor that his supposedly highly religious wife hasn't been to Mass in months.
On a visit to his mistress's apartment Francis learns that Mickey and Heather have recently met. Francis makes an unexpected visit to his brother's apartment and questions Mickey about his visit with Heather. They get into an argument over whether or not Mickey had sex with Heather. Later, Mickey discovers that she is the woman Francis has been having an affair with. The revelation escalates to an argument in their parents' home, during a birthday dinner for their father. In an attempt to settle the dispute, Frank takes both Francis and Mickey outside and ties boxing gloves on each, with the intent of having them fight out their differences. Mickey proves the victor.
Eventually, Francis confronts Renee and files for divorce, in order to marry Heather. When Mickey finds out about the impending marriage, he informs Francis that Heather was once a prostitute. This causes Francis to get cold feet and angers Heather. She tells Mickey that she thought that he didn't have a problem with her prior choice of employment, and Mickey says that he doesn't, but Francis may, and that he has a right to know.
Meanwhile Hope has already dropped a bomb on Mickey. She is moving to Paris very soon. On a visit to the bar where Hope works, Mickey discovers that Connie (Leslie Mann), one of Hope's co-workers, claims to have had a special relationship with Hope before the marriage. Later Hope tells Mickey she is unsure if he should come to Paris after all, and their relationship appears to be about to break up.
Due to Francis' indecision over marriage in light of the news that Heather was a prostitute, Heather decides to marry "Papa", the older man she has been seeing. When Francis threatens to tell Papa that Heather was a prostitute, Heather tells Francis that Papa was "her best customer". He then calls Renee in hopes of getting back together with her. But she is already in another relationship with Scott Sherman, a mutual acquaintance whom Francis had made fun of in an earlier scene.
In the final scenes of the film, Mickey, Francis and their father Frank prepare to go fishing, only Mickey decides it would be better if he tried to have one last talk with Hope before she leaves America. Only their father has arranged a surprise guest - Hope. The movie ends with Hope asking to drive the boat, but Frank, aware that women are rarely allowed on-board, says it is too soon for that.
The music for the film was composed by singer Tom Petty, and performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The accompanying soundtrack leaves out most of the instrumental music featured in the film, and includes a number of songs that are not in the film, or are only heard playing dimly in the background. Singles released from the soundtrack included a version of the song "Walls" (featuring Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham), "Climb that Hill" and a song written by Lucinda Williams, "Change the Locks." The album also included a cover of "Asshole," a song by Beck.