Anticipating something you already know will happen can be just as exquisite as being in suspense—a principle that isn’t demonstrated by this romance about a ghostwriter (Jeanne Tripplehorn) who can’t seem to find the right man and an architect (Dylan McDermott) whose fascination with a grown-up child star (Sarah Jessica Parker) turns into a job, a mission, and ultimately a relationship. With its clotted script, art direction that’s all splash and no style, and dialogue that’s too nakedly calculated to facilitate identification (a running theme about how hard it is to quit smoking is the primary dramatic conceit), this tedious and confused movie points several characters in obvious directions and gives us no reason to be curious about how they might end up where we know they’re going. Scott Winant directed a screenplay by Winnie Holzman.