Noirish, blackly comic drama, set in pre-WWII America, in which a bored husband decides to poison his wife and then leave her for another woman. Middle-aged Harry Allen (Chris Cooper) has become smitten by leggy blonde Kay (Rachel McAdams) but unfortunately he's married to the faithful, but emotionally needy, Pat (Patricia Clarkson). Realising he can't put his wife, or himself, through the public indignity of a divorce, he decides to slowly poison her. Harry's planned bliss with Kay takes a wrong turn, however, when he mentions the plan to his best friend Richard (Pierce Brosnan), who immediately falls for the beauty himself. As the convoluted love-triangle gathers pace and Harry's efforts become more urgent, Richard comes up with his own devious scheme for winning Kay.