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Just Write (1998)

Jeremy Piven , Sherilyn Fenn , Andrew Gallerani  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Piven, Sherilyn Fenn
  • Directors: Andrew Gallerani
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Curb Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004T1RAWC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this 1997 comedy Harold (Jeremy Piven) is a tour bus driver. While visiting a good friend in a cafe, Harold spots his favorite actress, Amanda Clark (Sherilyn Fenn). When Harold sees Amanda sitting alone, he decides to introduce himself. Harold doesn't correct Amanda when she mistakenly assumes he is a writer. When she asks who his agent is, Harold innocently throws out the name of super-agent Arthur Blake. Amanda is impressed and charmed, and to Harold's amazement she proposes a date to discuss her next movie with him. He proposes a script rewrite and convinces Arthur Blake to represent him. With a rewrite looming, an actress swooning and his whole world rocking, Harold must "Just Write."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie! February 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I was surprised at how good Just Write was, since I had never heard of it and it wasn't produced by a major studio. But Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and Jeremy Piven (Cupid) made a great couple, and I was really pulling for them to get together.
Piven has more screen time than Fenn (bummer...), but he really did a good job portraying an average guy who happens to meet his favorite actress. He allows her to assume he's a screenwriter and asks him to review a script she has. Through their time together (and they are great together!), they fall for each other.
Sherilyn Fenn was, as usual, very beautiful. However, she brought a very attractive quality to this role (I'll call it "sweetness") that made me want to fall for her as well. She was awesome in this movie. I still don't know how she hasn't become a major star!
If you like Notting Hill, Pretty Woman, While You Were Sleeping, and Sleepless in Seattle, you'll enjoy Just Write. I watched it twice and even fast-forwarded through it a third time to see the scenes with both Fenn and Piven. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's been hiding this movie from us? October 31, 2004
This overlooked charmer achieves the feel-good level that many high-budget romantic comedies strive for...and miss. Sure it requires us to suspend a certain amount of disbelief (A big literary agent with a soft heart? Come on!), but that's part of the fun.

Sherilyn Fenn radiates girl-next-door charm, something she doesn't get to do often enough. Thankfully, she isn't relegated to a role of "dumb starlet," but rather that of a young actor fighting for more quality in her scripts. A look at Ms. Fenn's uneven filmography makes one wonder if she identified a bit with her character, Amanda. This happy, unpretentious film treats her and her fans very well. Such natural talent...and, oh, those eyes!

Jeremy Piven, whose work can sometimes inspire a yawn, shines here. It's difficult to imagine anyone else pulling off this role as well, and we want to cheer for him all the way.

It's even fun to see JoBeth Williams as Amanda's control-freak agent, too busy making deals to worry about pesky things like script quality.

This movie obviously is several years old, and it isn't going to get the marketing spotlight. Like many other reviewers here, I ran across this DVD by accident. My suggestion: Run across it on purpose -- and enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Piven is GREAT!! December 11, 2000
I've been watching Jeremy Piven since back in his PCU days...he has truly shown his mettle in supporting roles and I was extremely excited when I saw this on the shelf...great story (although a little predictable, but what isn't anymore?) and terrific acting by Piven and Sherilyn Fenn. A must have for aspiring, romantic writers...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best romantic comedy I've seen so far this year! May 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This movie is excellent. You will NOT be disappointed when you watch it. Jeremy Piven plays a character whose humble nature and sweet attitude make him a much more endearing character than anything Hugh Grant has played recently (and I loved "Notting Hill"!). You can see how his unassuming manner could easily disarm Ms. Fenn's character. And Sherilyn Fenn's breathtaking smile and incredible eyes make you realize quickly why Piven's character is so taken with her. Although I will admit that the plot has a few...discrepancies in it (I mean, who could actually just walk up to the front door of a movie star's house and ring the doorbell?), but the movie was over all a great romantic comedy, and one of the few that I immediately wanted to rewind and watch again. Now, if only real life were shaped so that a nice guy could meet that wonderful movie star of his dreams... :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked this a lot November 8, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
Stumbled upon this flick last week and picked it out. Great flick with two of my fave actors. From 1997 this film probably garnered attention again with Jeremy Piven's success with Entourage now. A tad dated now with some of the cultural references but a good pick to see.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet-natured but predictable March 18, 2000
This is a gentle, sweet romantic comedy that should have been better. The script could have used some punching up; the Hollywood atmosphere didn't really ring true, despite being filmed on location; the movie references are fun but half-hearted (and the characters are dead wrong about Eve Harrington!); the ending, though the kind of ending we want, is a shambles. What's really good are Piven and Fenn.
Jeremy Piven especially shines as he plays against type as a good-natured, innocent, tee-totalling guy still living under his well-meaning but bumbling father's thumb. I've always thought Piven, playing an overgrown frat-boy type, was the best thing about the TV show "Ellen," and I've enjoyed his underrated turns in other movies where he basically plays the same persona; he pulls off this completely different character type quite nicely. Fenn is lovely and does a good job fleshing our her character as the starlet Piven has a crush on. Their chemistry, especially when they first meet, helps us believe their somewhat unbelievable situation. The movie starts off well but loses steam (and gains some big plotholes). I really wanted the dialogue to be smarter and sharper, and Holland Taylor should have had more to do. But if you like romantic comedy throwbacks (there's nary a drop of sex and practically no profanity--I can't imagine why it's rated PG-13), this will leave you feeling good at the end without feeling guilty about enjoying such fluff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny movie!
This is a very funny movie and very well acted by Jeremy Piven. It is a comedy with some serious scenes, but never too dramatic.
Published 1 month ago by M. A. Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually two and a half stars.
This movie was a little drawn out for my taste.A little to sappy. Could have been a little shorter. The acting was fine.
Published 4 months ago by virginia barclay
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Write - will never watch again
I like good clean movies (or as clean as you can get nowadays). Most people consider clean moves as too predictable or "lame", but I like movies like that because I know I... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elyse Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Write
One of a lifetime movie... You've Got to see it f you already heven't.
This you must get in the collection
Published 12 months ago by Janne Kolpus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story
Shows it you don't give up Love does come around to the one it is suppose to be an there is a Happy Ever After.
Published 13 months ago by Movie Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just Write" was Just Delightful!!!
Absolutely charming movie....sweet love story....lovely actors and so well-done. It appeared that everyone in film
was genuinely HAPPY to be in it and seemed to all be having... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marcy Goldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I must be honest in the fact that I am a bit biased concerning this movie. I remember going to this moive premier as a kid and having a good time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MichaelReview
1.0 out of 5 stars Write out or re-write the father, and the movie would be enjoyable.
The pigish, insensitive, self-centered, abusive father of Harold kills this movie, which should be enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Write Review
The product arrived in new condition as promised and before the anticipated arrival date!! Love this movie. One of my favorites and was glad to be able to find it on DVD! Thanks!
Published on September 8, 2011 by arielle877
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm and likable movie
I really enjoyed this movie years ago, and was able to find the DVD on Amazon. It is a funny and heart-warming story of a guy who turns his passion for movies into a career, and... Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by DRomo
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