Directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez.
It's a long time since Richard Gere garnered so much attention for his role in 'An Officer and a Gentleman'. Once every early 1980s girl's dream he resurfaced for surprise smash hit and perennial chick flick 'Pretty Woman'. Here he teams up with a director who is also long past his prime. Adrian Lyne is best known for 'Fatal Attraction', the ultimate adult sex thriller that spawned a hundred imitations. Step forward 'Unfaithful', a dull attempt to retrace the steps of its predecessor but fails miserably.
Cut to Edward and Connie Sumner, (Gere and Diane Lane) a happily married wealthy couple living in suburban New York with their 8-year-old son. They are an idyllic nuclear family until Connie's chance encounter with Paul (Olivier Martinez) a sexy French book-dealer considerably younger than her. Before thinking about the consequences she is embroiled in a torrid affair that threatens her family's stability - but she can't give it up.
Drawing conclusions from a series of very obvious clues (new underwear, fabricated appointments), Edward begins to question his wife's commitment and forces himself to uncover the details of her infidelity. While Lyne tries to comment on the ennui of routine within marriage, it's largely unpersuasive as Connie's character fails to convince as the dissatisfied wife ready to jump into a damaging affair.
Gere's reaction to the affair and his subsequent confrontation of Paul are uncharacteristically base. Lyne seems at pains to point out that we're all capable of things beyond our own reason, but never pulls it off. The ending is a trite cop-out that conveniently draws together the threads of the story but at the last minute forsakes the morality that was so heavily present throughout.
Overall 'Unfaithful' is the kind of bland and typical vehicle that Gere opts for. Performance-wise, he's in predictable mode, failing to arrest the audience in any way while seriously showing his age. Diane Lane steals the show as the troubled wife torn between sporadic bouts of passion and a loving home. 'Unfaithful' is unremarkable and you've probably already seen it - just with another, similarly unimaginative, title.