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Crush (2002)

Andie MacDowell , Imelda Staunton , John McKay  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor, Kenny Doughty, Bill Paterson
  • Directors: John McKay
  • Writers: John McKay
  • Producers: Elinor Day, Fiona Morham, Hanno Huth, Julia Chasman, Lee Thomas
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADD0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crush" on IMDb

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Andie McDowell, Anna Chancellor. A trio of friends is thrown for a loop when one of them-a headmistress at a private school-falls for one of her own students. 2002/color/112 min/R/widescreen.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings December 31, 2002
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Format:DVD
I'm still trying to sort through my reaction to this film, so I suppose you could say it hit a nerve. The previews for "Crush" made it seem like such a fun chick flick, so I anticipated it to be just that. And it started as such - funny, brilliant women chatting about life and love (or the lack thereof). And then the sexual heat got turned up with a cute Scottish organist that falls for Andie McDowell. One of the female friends gets jealous/envious, and all hell breaks loose. The film then spirals out of control, going from a sweet, heart-warming romance to a very unhappy set of circumstances. It was such a strange, sad turn, and it put the film into a whole different category. Not at all what I expected, and it was not a pleasant surprise. It really threw me (perhaps that was the intention of the film), and it sort of soured the rest of the experience. I left the film feeling a little cheated and a little disappointed. True, it did make me feel, but I had gone into the film hoping for a fun romp, but came out of it feeling unsettled and sad. Wish the marketing folks would have let the audience know what we were in for.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crush January 9, 2003
Format:DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, though it was definitely not the light-hearted comedy I was expecting. As a 25-year-old young professional, I settled into my couch on a rainy weekday night hoping to raise my spirits and de-stress with an old-fashioned romance infused with british humour, a la four weddings and a funeral. I found myself at the end of two hours with tears streaming down my face.
The pluses of the film include the luminous performance by Andie McDowell -- she is concurrently believable as the prim headmistress of a little English town as well as an ethereally beautiful woman with a naughty side -- interesting enough to steal the heart of a younger guy. Her rapport with Kenny Doughty is truly touching (and many woman can reminesce of the time they fell so much in lust and in love with someone not-just-quite-right but oh-so-alluring). Jed, as the quirky little raver boy-slacker, I have to admit, stole my heart.
The minuses -- during the second half of the film, I kept wondering why the director didn't stick to Jed and Kate's story. I sincerely wish someday, he would be inspired to come out with Crush Version 2... not focused on the horrifically catty women Kate calls her friends. And with a happier ending.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I was not familiar with "Crush" previously--but with Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, and Anna Chancellor as the stars, I decided to give it a try. It is a surprisingly well made picture with some very nice performances. Ostensibly billed as a romantic comedy, the movie tries to be too many things to too many people. With a shifting focus and tone throughout, it isn't wholly successful and some of it's parts have more impact then the overall film does.

The film begins as a genial buddy comedy, shifts a bit into a surprisingly mean spirited romantic comedy, then into a heavy drama, and back into warm lightheartedness. It's a bit uneven, which is unfortunate because there are a lot of great qualities within this picture. I can't help but think that if "Crush" hadn't been quite so schizophrenic--maybe been a light romantic drama with comedic elements--I would have loved this movie.

By far the most successful element within "Crush" is the romance. I'm not typically known for my soft heart, but I found the relationship formed between Andie MacDowell and Kenny Doughty very believable and well done. MacDowell is a school headmistress, and Doughty a former pupil--so there is about a 20 year age difference between them. From the tentative flirting, to the sexual liaison, to the discovery of real love--I thought these two were great. Had the whole picture been focused on this story, I'd have been with it wholeheartedly.

However, there is a mean streak to these characters as well. And while this isn't totally unbelievable, I found it somewhat unnecessary. Anna Chancellor, especially, as MacDowell's best "friend" doesn't believe this May/December romance will work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only the acting deserves any credit December 30, 2004
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I thought when I picked this movie up from the video store that it was a light-hearted comedy about female friendships (that's the way it's marketed). I was partially correct. The first half of the movie is quite fun and has a little bit of romantic suspense to it--of the "Is he or isn't he a decent guy" variety. Then out of nowhere comes a plot "twist" that is extremely cruel and unnecessary to wreck the whole thing. The 45 minutes or so that follow are completely unbelievable and wimpy on the part of writer/director McKay. If he had ever paid attention to female relationships, he would know that his resolution to this movie is laughable. No one in their right minds would forgive the things that Andie McDowell's character is expected to get over in this movie, and they sure as heck wouldn't be as peaceful about the way everything turned out as she is by the time the credits roll. The only reason that this movie got the rating it did from me is that the acting is actually quite good, but that doesn't save this movie. Ridiculous.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I saw this movie for the first time many years ago. Got it on VHS and over the last few years have been donating my VHS tapes the library and replacing them with DVD's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mizzrena34
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE!
I have looked for this movie for sometime now!! And I'm so happy to have it!! I Love this movie!
Published 7 months ago by R Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite movie
This is a really good movie......it is a good study of the support a group of women can give each other in tough times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real sides of
Good lil' flick ~ shows the real complexities of friendship ~ the jealousy, courage, fortitude and how the people who love you can hurt you the most. Read more
Published 13 months ago by nanette wizov
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic US chick flick, but still a great movie
I picked this up on a whim one day while living in England... I had never seen any of the previews so I had no expectations other than liking Andie MacDowell's work. Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by Cali Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great flick!
I fell in love with this movie because of the fine actors and the great story. It's totally a chick flick. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Boots
1.0 out of 5 stars A director destroys his own work (I know... Exactly!)
Kenny Doughty gives a movingly sweet performance, and this gay man instantly fell in love. For the first 70 minutes, this is a charming story about a 25-year old organist totally... Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by Literato
5.0 out of 5 stars Crush
Don't let some of the reviewers that were disappointed and wanted a comedy chic-flick put you off. Crush is special because it is like life - can be funny, tragic, dark, boring,... Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by kezzydel
1.0 out of 5 stars What a downer!!
I hate hate hate movies that present to be a light comedy then go dark. I wish I never started watching it. If I could give it less than 1 star I would!!!
Published on April 20, 2011 by AFGUY
3.0 out of 5 stars Salute to Anna Chancellor
The movie has it's good and weak points. Amongst the good, a chewy meat-on-bone role for Anna Chancellor. It is good to see this actress flexing her talent. Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by 4everReading
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