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Mr. Jealousy (1998)

Eric Stoltz , Annabella Sciorra , Noah Baumbach  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
  • Directors: Noah Baumbach
  • Writers: Noah Baumbach
  • Producers: Eric Stoltz, Chris Eigeman, Joel Kastelberg, Victoria McGarry
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1572527005
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Jealousy" on IMDb

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Mr. Jealousy (1998) Eric Stoltz (Actor), Annabella Sciorra (Actor), Noah Baumbach (Director) | Rated: R | Format: DVD NEW - It's not surprising that Mr. Jealousy didn't do well in theaters. The main character is obsessive and a liar, and by the end there's no guarantee that he's made any certain progress--which is part of what makes Mr. Jealousy such a sharp, insightful movie. -

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Jealous Guy... April 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I have to confess that I am a fan of Chris Eigeman. So, I have worked my way through all of the movies that I know he has been in. Luckily, he is always in good movies!
Mr Jealousy is about one man's (Eric Stoltz) obsession with wanting to know everything about his girlfriend's (Annabella Sciorra) past. This leads him to a therapy group, which just happens to be attended by his girlfriend's ex (Chris Eigeman). The problems that occur are funny and sad at the same time.
Noah Baumbach's film is funny and subtle. All the actors are well suited to the script, and Chris Eigeman shines (as usual). It is interesting to see Eigeman in this role, as he is not so sarcastic as he has been in previous roles. I think that his talent as an actor is really highlighted in this film.
This film is another one that you do need to listen to in order to get the most out of it. You can't just put it on in the background and expect to love it. It is, however, an easy film to watch.
This is just the kind of film to watch with a group of like minded friends who enjoy talking about a movie after watching it. Or do as I did, and put on the video and watch it snuggled up in a comfy chair with a coffee...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great film. June 8, 2001
I loved this movie, and for some reason didn't see it when it first came out. My girlfriend made me watch it which is kind of a bad sign but I think for all the right reasons. Great acting and music, it's funny and kind of sadly weird too. I'd never heard of it, but now I'm showing it to my friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow-up to Kicking and Screaming! September 17, 2000
When I first saw Kicking and Screaming, I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed it. I didn't think it would stay with me and endear itself more and more with each viewing, but it did. When I heard that Noah Baumbach was making a new film- I had to see it right away. I was not dissapointed. Mr. Jealousy is a great comedy with many hilarious and pensive moments. Baumbach has a great little troop of actors that he works with-these include Eric Stoltz, Chris Eigeman, and the amazing Carlos Jacott(played Otis in Kicking). Baumbach weaves a very enjoyable, neuroitically comic story where a jealous man invades his current girlfriend's ex-boyfriend's group therapy. It gets funnier from there. I love this film and find that films from a guy like Noah Baumbach or Wes Anderson are of the kind that define a person's sense of humor. Everyone that I am close to loves films like these and I find that comforting. Buy it now!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, but not for the masses! May 8, 2001
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Before I saw anything else, let it be known that if you watch films ONLY for entertainment, skip this movie. You won't have the patience for it.
With that said, let's talk about this movie.
First off, its great! Great acting, great script, even nice camera work.
However, this film is not for everyone.
If you're already an indie fan, I think you'll enjoy this movie right off the bat. But if you're not used to indie films, it has to grow on you.
This is the type of movie thats not quite a comedy, not quite a drama. It has funny momments, but if you expect funny momments every ten minutes you'll be disapointed.
If you like offbeat, non mainstream movies, I think you'll enjoy this film. If you want to find out whether or not you enjoy offbeat films, this is a great one to test yourself on (I suggest watching it twice before you judge it).
If you're used to Julia Roberts type romantic comedies, skip this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literate, Funny, Touching, and Beautiful January 5, 2003
What I liked most about Mr. Jealousy was that it was really about these two writers and their growth and development as real people. The literary jokes were, like Kicking and Screaming, refreshingly funny. The fact that Mr. Jealousy is supposed to be a romantic comedy and is totally misrepresented by the trailer and box graphics/description might mislead certain people into seeing this movie. The film is really very sad at what should be the ending. The last bit that turns the movie into a "happy ending" seemed contrived and pasted on. Kicking and Screaming did not have that problem, but the ending really does not detract much from the movie's overall beauty and humor. I would definitely recommend seeing Kicking and Screaming first to appreciate the director's development of the "becoming an adult" theme which is further developed in Mr. Jealousy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy! Romance! Music! And a twenty-sided die... April 1, 2000
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Mr. Jealousy isn't your typical romantic comedy. It's smart, without being condescending. It's romantic, but not in the all-too-typical Hollywood fashion. And it has one of the best soundtracks of all time. Huh? you say as you wonder if I've had too much caffiene (which I usually do). The most overlooked portion of most movies is the music. It usually justs bobs along, telling us what we're supposed to feel without ever really envoking any true feelings. The soundtrack for Mr. Jealousy, however, stirs the pot of emotions already brewing in your soul from the movies brilliant dialogue (make sure to stick around after the credits!) and the superb chemistry between Stoltz and Sciorra. A must see for fans of the genre (ie. movies that are actually good), Mr. Jealousy deserves the acclaim that only underground success can bring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Film with Funny Moments April 7, 2005
By C Ho
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a Eric Stoltz fan. He was wonderful as Lester.
The film had its funny moments, but there were problems. First, it annoyed me that there was so many voiceovers by the narrator. This is unnecessary because it could have been shown in the film as dialogue. In writing it's call "show me don't tell me". The voiceovers affected the flow of the movie. Second, the ending seem quite contrived. I guess Lester forgave Ramona for sleeping with Dashelle when she was seeing Lester, but Lester's forgiveness wasn't quite clear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie ! I bought it because it said it had closed captioning,...
I bought this DVD as a gift for my dad who needs Closed Captioning.!! The description says "Closed Captioned" It doesn't have it.
I'm disappointed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kim Dahlstrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, funny, quirky movie movie!
I love the characters, the setting, all of it. They should've made a little more effort on the cover to have it match the sophistication of the movie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lisa Fulkerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Read the other five star reviews of this charming and intriguing film - they're all right on the money. The comments and relevant recommendations are worth reading as well.
Published on March 6, 2012 by Walter J. Jamieson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare smart romantic comedy with a bite
Maybe it was just my mood, but this struck me as that very rare
thing, a successful, intelligent romantic comedy. Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by K. Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not anamorphic
This movie is an overlooked gem. Unfortunately, the DVD presentation is shoddy -- it's not anamorphic video, so you'll be looking through a mail slot on your 16:9 television... Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by H. Borden
4.0 out of 5 stars A not-quite-conventional romantic comedy
"Mr. Jealousy" is a romantic-comedy made by writer/director Noah Baumbach between two significantly more successful films - "Kicking and Screaming" and "The Squid and the Whale. Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by R. Sohi
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and provacotive
Mr Jealousy is a film that isn't for the mainstream. Maybe because it is very well written and the acting is earthy and sharp. Read more
Published on January 13, 2007 by Vic S
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, witty, right on target
Filmmaker Noah Baumbach nails the thing with jealousy and obsession dead on in this really sharp comedy. Read more
Published on November 15, 2006 by LGwriter
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban Comedy
After watching Noah Baumbach's film Kicking & Screaming, I was inspired to search out his forgotten comedy Mr. Read more
Published on November 12, 2006 by Patrick Mc Coy
2.0 out of 5 stars Human Nature Misunderstood.
Noah Baumbach hit paydirt back in 1995 with Kicking and Screaming, but in Mr. Jealousy, which he also directed and wrote, he does not offer his audience anywhere near the same... Read more
Published on July 17, 2005 by Bernard Chapin
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