|Moore and Page as Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree|
Moore, always admirable in all she does as an actress, has a difficult role - playing a mortally ill person is a challenge, dying of cancer, a near impossible thing to portray realistically. Too little expressed or portrayed and it feels false, too much and it is devastating to watch. But she is sexily effective as the swaggering police officer taking down thugs and pursuing suspects (Laurel freaks Stacie out by pulling out a gun when the two women are menaced by a trio of foul-mouthed thugs - "Do you always carry a gun on a first date?" asks the bewildered Stacie.). Page is more successful in the film as the vulnerable and under-confident but determined partner of the stricken woman.
The drama feels forced and a bit cliched but the challenges the two women and the director face are formidable - the issues of inoperable cancer, homophobia, chauvinism in the workplace, bigotry at city hall - all difficult topics to handle without resorting to cliches and melodrama.