Nicholas Cage plays a character named "Jack Campbell" a single Wall Street executive living in New York City, on Christmas Eve he finds out that his former girlfriend "Kate Reynolds" (Tea Leoni) called him after many years. Getting straight to the point he time travels back to a "what if" scenario where he is married to "Kate" and they have kids. We see that his life in New York is completely different, he has a posh penthouse apartment, a flashy car and enjoys his life of flings with women and having lots of money, when he's sucked into the other life of being a husband and father living in a boring house, driving a minivan and being a car tire salesman, we see that he tries to go back to his real life as a Wall Street guy, but no one recognises him - forcing him to go back to the alternate universe of being a family man, he tries to play the role of a husband, but is finding it difficult.
The performances are well-acted, Director Brett Ratner did a good job, however the film is slow-paced at times.
As the motion picture goes on, you can't help but want "Jack" to go back to his real life in NYC.
This cine is clearly trying to shove down our throats the depiction that "Jack" is better off being married with kids and having a dead end job. The end of the movie is the most interesting as we see that "Jack" eventually gets to go back to his real life as a wall street executive, but he has a change of heart and wants that "what if" life as a family man, he tracks down "Kate" and we find out that she also doesn't have kids and is basically the female version of him, she lives in a nice apartment, has a slick job as a wealthy corporate lawyer and has no interest in having a family, we see that she has an assistant who is helping her move to Paris, "Jack" and "Kate" have a conversation while she, her assistant and the removal men are literally packing up her possessions, she says they should keep in touch, but it's obvious that she couldn't care less if she ever sees him again, he ends up following her to the airport and tells her about the alternate universe life that they would have had, she has coffee with him and that's the end of the film, implying that they will have that alternate universe life.
The majority of the film is fine, but the ending is a cop out, it would have been better if "Kate" just went on the plane to Paris and "Jack" accept that their alternate life was only a "what if".
There are many unrealistic things about this plot, it is highly unlikely that they would still end up having that alternate life implied at the end of the film, at the beginning if he'd have not gone to NYC then it's possible that they would have had that life with the kids, but people change and as we see he originally is a successful non-married person and so is she, "Jack" changes his outlook and entire mindset by the end of the film, but "Kate" does not have that mindset, so realistically them living that alternate universe life would not work, it doesn't seem that "Kate" had the same experience, so how on earth can she relate to him and his brand new mindset? he just looks like a crazy person shouting that they have a family and live in New Jersey, best thing she could do is run onto that plane ASAP!
When you see the real "Kate" (the wealthy corporate lawyer) you can't help but be glad that this is who she really is, the movie tries to go back to a childish dream of the alternate universe as though being single, wealthy and career-minded is a wrong thing, the message that this movie is sending is that one can only be happy being married with kids, and that is just wrong because there are many happy single people who don't want kids, if this movie was unbiased then they would just let "Jack" and "Kate" go their own separate ways, the "what if" scenario is fine, but that's all it should be, but it's more of a "what could have been", and "what could have been" is not always a good thing.