This is a redo - for two reasons:
1.) This Chron review, though it takes longer than 2 minutes to read, covers all the points I would've made and does so better than I could have.
2.) A quick check of the IMDB entry on the film's trivia led to the unfortunate discovery that this uniquely American love story - the one in which America itself is so fantastically shown through Ang Lee's exquisite eye - is filmed IN CANADA.
Still a good movie. But that's just sad.