But that's only half of the journey. Once she finds him, Joline decides that Carl isn't ready to see her yet, so she sets up a stakeout, looking out for him at his new job and protecting him from ill-meaning strangers.
As talented as Graham can be under the right direction (see "Boogie Nights"), she's not the most likable character here, eclipsed by charming performances by Casey Affleck as her brother Jay and Patricia Velasquez as Carl's mistress Carmen. Reluctantly supportive of Joline's spiritual quest, they lighten the tone when it could have gotten bogged down with her contrived ceremonies. Starring Heather Graham, Casey Affleck, Luke Wilson, Goran Vsnjic, Patricia Velasquez and Alfonso Arau. Directed and written by Lisa Krueger. Produced by Dean Silvers and Marlen Hecht. A Miramax release. Romantic comedy. Rated R for language. Running time: 98 min. Opens 4/28