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Louise (Laura Linney), an admissions officer at Columbia University, is intelligent, pretty, successful, and unfulfilled. When a prospective student named Scott (Topher Grace) appears, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Louise's deceased high school boyfriend. Within hours, Louise and Scott embark on a passionately uninhibited affair. But is Scott just a reminder of Louise's lost love? Or is Scott just trying to wheedle his way into the Ivy League? A romantic fable about getting a second chance at first love, based on Helen Schulman's novel. Co-starring Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Rudd and Gabriel Byrne. Written and directed by Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger).

Directing A Film In Seven Simple Steps

What's it like to direct a film?

If your response to this question is "Who cares?", then you should skip to the next article. If your response is "Easy and fun!", then you are Paul Thomas Anderson and you should skip to the next article. If your response is "I've always been curious, but I don't have the time and/or the resources to mount a production in order to discover the answer to this question," then clip this article and follow these Seven Simple Steps:

Get ahold of a Rubik's Cube.If you purchase a new one, make sure to scramble it up.
STEP TWO Take the subway to Coney Island and buy a ticket for The Cyclone. If you are not a resident of New York City, you may substitute a different roller coaster (such as The Discombobulator at Six Flags or Old Dominion's Heave Machine).
Ride The Cyclone while attempting to solve the Rubik's Cube. Did you manage to solve the Cube before the end of the ride? If not, repeat Step Three. If so, proceed.
Bask in the warm glow of accomplishment for exactly one month.
Realize that your accomplishment has not changed the way you feel about yourself. 
Sink into a cataclysmic depression.
Go back to Step One and begin again.

T i p s   f o r   A d v a n c e d   P l a y e r s :

After a dozen or so times through the Steps, you may feel the need to spice things up. Remember: these are only suggestions. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Invite your parents to sit behind you during a ride.

Ride next to Quentin Tarantino and take note of how he solves the Cube. See if you can copy him move for move.

Withdraw money from the joint account you share with your spouse. Give this money to someone you trust and have them swear that if you fail to solve the Cube before the end of the ride they will flush the money down a toilet.

The next time you solve the Cube, bring it to Harvey Weinstein and ask him to give you another, more expensive Cube.

Give yourself one ride to solve the Cube. If you fail, apply to Law School.