||The movie stars Jeff Daniels as Macklin, a suburban everyman who half believes he will never die, until his best pal drops dead in the middle of a joke. This is bad news for the pal, bad news for Daniels and bad news for us, too, because the movie makes a running gag out of the fact that we never got to hear the punch line. Since the joke is one of the oldest in the world ("Why don't Italians like barbecues?") and there can be hardly a person alive who does not know the answer ("The spaghetti drops right through the grill"), our hearts sink. If the movie hopes to entertain us with suspense about its punch line, it must have little else up its sleeve.