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And yet, it's so well-written and so beautifully acted that it taps in me some suppressed vein of shameless emotionalism. Ileanna Douglas is brilliant as the geeky songwriter who matures into a sadder and wiser Earth Mother, following various more or less catastrophic relationships with oppressive men. John Turturro is the producer with a very strange beard who keeps a sort-of-brotherly eye out for her. Bridget Fonda has a lovely cameo as the teen idol with the guilty secret. Even Patsy Kensit is good, for crying out loud.
There's a scene near the end where Turturro confronts Douglas that gets me as near to crying as I ever get about something fictional, and that's saying a lot. Douglas's singing voice is dubbed by Kristen Vigard, whoever she is, and full marks to her. It's not going to make me go out and buy a Carole King CD, but it's a gem of a movie.
Ms. Douglas is so excellent that it's tempting to overlook good work of other actors in the movie, but i won't. As the beautiful but snooty British songwriting colleague of Denise's, Patsy Kensit is just perfect, the eventual friendship of the two women unfolds believably and very enjoyably. Douglas and Kensit are terrific in their scenes together.
Matt Dillon gave one of his best film performances here, Eric Stoltz and John Turturro were spot-on in roles that seemed to be (loosely) based upon Gerry Goffin and Phil Spector. The Edna/Denise character clearly has shadings of Carole King, while Dillon's character seems to have more than a tad of Brian Wilson used as inspiration. Chris Isaak, in a miniscule role, unfortunately, is totally forgettable as Kensit's husband.
Recapturing what NYC's Brill Building may have been like circa 1963, progressing with a satisfying segue into early 70's Los Angeles, the movie hits all the right notes.
Members from the girl-group that Denise wrote early hits for nicely weave in and out of the movie, the Patty Duke-esque female teen-star who struggles with her 'Secret Love' provides another memorable segment amongst many.
The film may have undone itself by not admitting the not-so-subtle maskings of aspects of the lives of Carole King and Phil Spector.Read more ›
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this is one of my most favorite movies - the music is amazing, the story is so real - the acting is superb - it has a little something for everyone - a chick flick for sure, but... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ruthie Davison
Love this movie and Illeana Douglas who I think is so very under recognized! My opinion!Published 2 months ago by PASSIONATE1
I love this movie. The Burt Bachrach/Elvis Costello song God give me Strength was so great! I will watch it over and over again.Published 3 months ago by Diana Griffin
this little indy film has been one of my favorites for years....there's just something about the great music and the heart of this film....love itPublished 4 months ago by K. Petersen
I love this movie but it was an accident to order it this way. I wanted the DVD in my hands. I just tried to watch this here & I couldn't because I needed to download something. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stacy F. Allen
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