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‘Here on Earth’
By Samuel McKewon
“Here On Earth” meanders aloi^g for a while,
a pleasant little movie, a drippy teen love story in
the self-contained universe of God’s perfect small
And that’s fine; had it stayed the course and
tossed in a few lines here and there that sounded
reasonably romantic and well put together, the
movie would have been sweet enough, albeit for
So I don’t know what possessed the movie to
take a 90-degree turn in the final 30 minutes,
choosing an ending that is perfectly acceptable
under some circumstances, but not in any way,
shape or form here.
It is an ending that cannot occur logically. And
I must explain the ending, or the review makes no
sense, because the movie more or less changes its
entire emotional viewpoint based upon it.
So if you don’t want to know it, well, stop
The buildup is somewhat clever in “Here on
Earth,” a coming-of-age romance about a very
rich boy, Kelley, (Chris Klein) and the merely
middle-class, small-town girl Sam (Leelee
Kelley is not only rich, but a snob and smart to
boot. And for his high school graduation, his cor
porate raider of a father (Stuart Wilson) offers him
a sports car for joy riding.
Kelley and Co. speed into a nearby
Massachusetts hamlet (though the movie was shot
in Minnesota) and cruise into the local diner,
where Kelley dishes the dirt with local “poor
boys” and flirts with Sam, the waitress, whose
boyfriend Jasper (Josh Hartnett) has to juice his
testosterone by challenging Kelley to a car race all
Here on Earth
STARS: Leelee Sobieski,
DIRECTOR: Mark Piznarski
V*r RATING: PG-13 (language)
FIVE WORDS: Fine
chemistry, but wayward
over the countryside.
It eventually leads back to the diner, where the
two cars crash and demolish the building. Kelley
and Jasper have to rebuild the diner themselves
during the summer. In the process, romance buds,
and Jasper get jealous.
Klein and Sobieski have the requisite chem
istry, and both have bigger screens ahead of them,
especially Sobieski, who may be the next Meryl
Streep and has an unforced acting style to prove it.
Klein, by virtue of nature, has an open-faced
persona many young male leads lack today.
They’ll both age well.
There is some comfort in the movie’s pre
dictability, which asks Samantha to choose
between the boys and Kelley to stand up to his
dad’s idea of the perfect future.
Much is made of poetry, romance and the for
est near Sam’s house. And I could’ve lived with
any sort of ending along those sappy lines, includ
ing the cheap cliche where Kelley tells off daddy
once and for all, leaving him the dark hallway. The
whole movie was a cliche. But that ending, nor
anything resembling it, ever comes.
Samantha reveals she has cancer and has, in
fact, had cancer the entire time she has known
Kelley. It started in her knee, apparently, though
she tells Kelley she hurt it in a track meet. The can
Chris Klein, Leelee Sobieski and Josh Hartnett star in “Here on Earth.”
cer has spread. She will die. And then, she dies.
This ending completely defies reality. Even if
Sam chose not to tell of her condition, wouldn’t
someone else? Was it the town secret? I assume
not. How could Kelley go through months of
interacting with people, none of whom drop the
idea of cancer?
We know it not to be possible, and not only
because screenwriter Mark Seitzman has estab
lished the majority of characters as good-hearted
people who wouldn’t do such a thing. What of
Jasper’s hopes of his and Sam’s building a life
together? In the movie neither consider that, well,
she’s not going to live for any of their plans.
“Here On Earth” shifts into overdrive, becom
ing an entirely different experience in its final
moments. It is not particularly sad, nor could it be,
because the shift has no fair warning. Why, for any
reason, would we assume Samantha is lying about
the knee injury? The obtuseness of the movie is
This is an ending that has nothing - nothing at
all - to do with the first half. And so “Here on
Earth” sinks despite heavenly intentions.
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205 Bicycles For Sale
Diamond Back Axis Mountain Bike. XT Component.
213 Clothing For Sale
Stunning, designer, silver, satin, floor-length gown and
shawl. Size 10. Pair 7-1/2 dyeable satin pump shoes.
489-0203. Leave message. Neither been worn.
240 Misc. For Sale
1983 Mazda RX7, blue, sun-roof, cruise, five speed,
runs good, $1,100 OBO. Must sent 327-8964.
New KSU Vet School Students
For sale-1993 Schultz trailor, 3 BR, 2 bath. (402)
Queen waterbed, mirrored headboard, six drawers,
bumpers, includes sheets. $250. Complete queen
290 Vehicles For Sale
‘98 VOLVO S70 T5. Loaded, 52K,beautiful, whotesr'e
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365 Legal Services
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370 Misc. Services
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Housesitter available for summer. Responsible grad
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420 Rooms For Rent
$275, utilities included. UNL ten minutes, help with
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430 Houses For Rent
400 Terrace Road, 3 bedroom, A/G, garage, fence yard,
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1136 New Hampshire St, 4BR, 2 bath, W/D, DW and
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3600 N. 14th Street, 3BR brick, 2 bath, W/D. C/A.
$800/month. Call 435-5565.
April 1 availability. 2BR, newly decorated. Central air,
all new appliances, close to campuses, off-street park
ing. $575 range, garbage and water paid. 489-5358,
messages returned immediately.
Great houses available in August, close to UNL,
• 1246 Court, 4BR, $800
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Great houses close to UNL, available in May or earlier.
• 726 Y, 3BR, $650
•2301 Vine, 3BR, $700
•2200 Dudley, 4BR, $800
• 1438 N. 21,4BR, $800
• 1541 N. 26,5BR, $900
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Newer 4 bedroom, 2 garage, 2 bath, family room.
$1,000 a month, no pets. Available in May. 432-0415.
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Great 3, 4, 5, and 6 bedroom homes near UNL. A/C,
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440 Duplexes For Rent
2131 D or 3010 Center. 4BR, 2bath. Fireplace, all ap
pliances, double garage. $1150. August move-in.
440 Duplexes For Rent
Nearly new three bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, central air,
washer/dryer hookups. Big backyard. Near East Cam
pus. $750/month. 3540 T. 438-4467
Newer 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 garage, family room, fire
place, no pets or smoking. Available for May and Au
gust. Reserve yours now! 432-0415.
Close to campus, nice, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, garage,
W/D, all appliances, $795. HIP, 465-8911.
Efficient newer 3 BR, 2 bath, 2 car garage, W/D, all ap
pliances, between campuses. $795.923 N 30th.
450 Apartments For Rent
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1 Bedroom 2000 J St. Clean $310
4 Bedroom, 2 baths, garage 5350 Cooper $795
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4 BEDROOM/2 BATHS
Built for students. Recently built. Washer/dryer fur
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$390. CaK 483-4887 or 483-7720.
1880's Restored. Interior designer owned and fur
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40th St. & Hwy 2, (402) 423-0978.
Apartments on UNL Campus
One studio available now and other units available
May 1. No smoking, no pets, controlled access, laun
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Brick Y&rd Apartments, 17th & Holdrege, 477-6578.
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450 Apartments For Rent
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SELECT A HOME
Move-In May 1st
Fountain Glen 436-3452
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Efficiencies start $390
1 Bedrooms start $440
2 Bedrooms start $550
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Lake view Park 436-3464
Folsom Ridge 436-3422
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1 Bedrooms start $465
2 Bedrooms start $585
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450 Apartments For Rent
Large three bedroom, 2 1/2 stall attached garage. $750
plus deposit. Available May 1.2501 E. 432-6476.
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Deck, $325/month. Heat/water/garbage paid. Depos
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One bedroom basement apartment. 4 blocks from
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One, two, three bedroom apartments available.
Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, central air.
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