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America's Sweethearts (2001)

Billy Crystal , Hank Azaria , Joe Roth  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Crystal, Hank Azaria, Marty Belafsky, John Cusack, Jim Ferguson
  • Directors: Joe Roth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "America's Sweethearts" on IMDb

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Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie (John Cusack) are AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS...the country's favorite couple, on-screen and off. But when their very public romance turns into a very private breakup,only veteran press agent Lee (Billy Crystal) and Gwen's assistant, Kiki (Julia Roberts), can help Gwen and Eddie show some love while they promote their last film together. But the press junket is ina resort hotel miles from anywhere. And while Lee and Kiki frantically try to keep the media away from the real story and keep Gwen and Eddie from revealing their secret, Kiki finds something entirely unexpected in this romantic comedy about true love, happily ever after and other Hollywood endings.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars America's Sweethearts April 4, 2008
Many people have given this movie horrible reviews, but I really enjoyed it. The cast is what made this movie wonderful. Catherine Zeta-Jones played the prima dona over the top, and it really worked. Billy Crystal is as always delightful. Christopher Walken always seems to play some kind of dark character, but maybe that is because he is so good at it. I was surprised how much I liked Julia Roberts and John Cusack together. They had great chemistry, and were just so natural together.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's hottest couple just got hotter May 1, 2005
I'm afraid I don't understand all the bad reviews this movie has gotten. America's Sweethearts is not your everday romance. Where John Cusack is trying to get over the infidility of his ex wife and coworker, while realizing that he has been harboring feelings for her sister. Who has loved him all her life, but was left in the shadow and wake of her star sister.

Its a movie of finding your true self, and that love if looked for can heal even the most despairing of hearts. In a comical way, having Billy Crystal as Cupid, the man who only wanted to make the couple famous, and ended up giving John Cusack the world.

This was a wonderful movie, romantic, sweet and comical. If you love Billy Crystal, John Cusack or Julia Roberts this will be sure to please.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You'd think Hollywood would have no problem making a movie about Hollywood. Think again. True, there have been some great pictures in which Hollywood looks at itself. The oldest one I can think of is 1937's A Star is Born, which was remade as an even better movie in 1954. 1950's Sunset Boulevard is one of the greatest movies ever made, and a few years later came Singin' in the Rain, a classic musical. Yet, over the years, the industry has produced more bad movies about itself than good ones. America's Sweethearts falls somewhere in-between. Its beginning is quite promising, but it falters and goes downhill after that.
Lee [Billy Crystal] is a Hollywood press agent with big problems. His boss, Dave [Stanley Tucci], needs him to promote the newest move starring Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas [Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cusack]. The pair used to be the hottest, most popular married couple in America, and the public flocked to see their movies. Now that they are on the verge of divorce and can't stand the sight of each other, they are boxoffice poison. Lee must figure out a way to convince the press that Gwen and Eddie are getting back together without letting the two stars know what he is up to. He enlists the aid of Gwen's sister, Kiki [Julia Roberts], who not only resents the way Gwen orders her around but is also secretly in love with Eddie. Then there is the problem of the movie itself. All the studio has seen of it is the opening credits. The director [Christopher Walken] doesn't want to show it until he's made some changes. These modifications will result in a movie quite unlike the one the studio paid 86 million dollars to make.
Reading the above synopsis makes me see how funny and insightful America's Sweethearts might have been.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A plesant night in. July 18, 2002
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Billy Crystal proves that he is at least as good a writer as he is an actor with Americc's sweethearts.
The casting is well done, although you can almost claim Zeta Jones is typecasting considering what happened with Michael Douglas only without the kids involved.
Crystal's character is the perfect cynical foil. You love to both love and hate this guy. Cusack is a lot of fun. Hank Azara as always is a hoot, I think he is the most underrated comic actor in the country. Alan Arkan shines in his small role as does Christopher Walken who is the funniest character in the whole movie, I would love to see the picture he made. It is a great plot twist. (Why does he always play nuts?)
Julia Roberts is ok but nothing to write home about. Am I the only one who thought Julia Roberts looks better with the phoney weight?
The writing makes this movie, the acting complements it.
Watch this movie, you will complement it too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They're Singing in the Desert of missed opportunities. November 26, 2001
If you can watch America's Sweethearts without getting too upset that the film dares to update and recycle Singing in the Rain by adding elements of Blake Edwards' S.O.B. and Carrie Fisher's and Mike Nichol's Postcards from the Edge, you'll find a enjoyable cast, some funny scenes and many missed opportunities that would have made a better film then the one you are watching. As in Singing in the Rain the plot of America's Sweethearts centers around a famous movie couple that splits up and for the sake of the studio and it's film gets them back together to at least act nice to each other for the benefit of the press and public. There's a somewhat mousey 'other' woman that blossoms and a key scene centers around the screening of the film.

Julia Roberts was reportedly paid 20 million dollars and she is good in a large supporting role. Jones really seems to enjoying herself, but unfortunately the script over-sells her spoiled actress character more than it has to.
The film is set up well, and the cast is willing and able to deliver what is necessary which consists of good comic timing and charismatic appeal. Unfortunately the film decides to spend too much time setting up it's premise and then goes after some rather crude and fairly obvious jokes. A vicious dog that absolutely insists on sniffing crotches is not something particularly original--but the film wants you to think it is. Several jokes about penis size culminate in a scene where the jokes become the focus of the film's biggest scene. Penis jokes aren't new, fresh, or that interesting even when they are as funny as they are here, and to make them the focus of the film's biggest scene, not only disappoints and makes the film impossible to think of as charming , but reeks of the worst kind of desperation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Chick flick
Published 6 days ago by peg
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Definitely romcoms have never been my first choice in movies but I did enjoy this movie. I may be biased because I enjoy John Cusack as an actor but everyone held their own in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Furmom<3
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
My girlfriend made me watch this. I only watched it because she likes it. Don't watch this movie on purpose.
Published 4 months ago by Travis Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute and funny
This was very cleverly written and acted. A cute movie. I just wish amazon didn't require more word for a review
Published 6 months ago by androide2
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, Fun Escape
Don't expect anything and you might enjoy it. Appreciated Zeta-Jones playing the narcissistic beautiful movie star and John Cusack as her poor suffering husband who eventually... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. M. Keefer
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Movie about an Esoteric Situation
I am always a sucker for any movie where the wonderful and the unexpected occurs to the average, low, or mundane. Read more
Published 8 months ago by H. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
great movie for me an my family to watch an learn from about our selfs, love an life thank you very much
Published 8 months ago by kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great, fun movie
I Never tire of watching it. When it is on t.v., they cut a lot of the good scenes. The out-takes are even more fun to watch.
Published 8 months ago by Fezzik2
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good for most audiences it seems... otherwise my favorite comedy
Get Peter Tolan and Billy Crystal together and a whole bunch of great actors doing their job really well, and you get a great comedy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars great story line
Great actors, comedy, romance all bundled up in one and at the same time it gives you a great look at behind the scenes of making movies.
Published 13 months ago by Virginia Faith
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