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The brattiness of the Alec Baldwin-Kim Basinger couple in The Marrying Man and the fecklessness of Andie MacDowell and John Malkovich in The Object of Beauty are reminders of the scarcity of old-style movie romance, where you wanted the man and woman to live happily after. Even the fact that the Swayze-Moore matchup in Ghost and the similar, after-the-fact passion between Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks in Defending Your Life were so successful has an ominous side: The message may be that the only good relationship is a dead relationship.