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Sean Penn is now revered as one of the great actors of his generation, and Madonna's status as the most prolific female pop singer of all time is secured. (Love her or hate her, it's hard to ignore a pop culture presence spanning three decades with over 200 million albums sold!) It's interesting to look back at this film and remember that upon release, Madonna had really only been a superstar for two years (1985 was her breakout year) and many were still predicting she'd soon fade into oblivion, and Sean Penn was still considered a young Hollywood bad boy, one of the "Brat Pack." Together, they were referred to as "The Poison Penns." A lot can change in 25 years!
As someone who lived through the 1980s, I recall all the hatred focused on this movie at the time of release. It was made out to be pretty much the worst film ever made, almost as though Madonna and Sean Penn had committed some great moral sin. Because it was only in the theatres for about a week, I didn't have the chance to see this film in the theatres. To be honest, I didn't even know it had been made until I saw a poster in the local video store advertising it was soon to be released on video. So, I did rent it when it was released, and I remember at the time agreeing that it was an awful film. But, in retrospect, I think I was just bowing to peer pressure. I think I just thought I HAD to hate this film.
I just found a used VHS copy at the video store for a buck, and so I bought it for 80s nostalgia sake. Brought it home, watched it, and was surprised by what I saw.Read more ›
I wish I could give this movie 0 stars.
Know-one comes out of this film unscathed. Penn's character is completely annoying; his histrionics really grated on my nerves and Madonna's acting has never been worse (the crying scene has got to be seen to be believed).
The scenery is beautiful though, and possibly the only other noteable thing this film has going for it, is that Madonna is absolutely stunning in it.
madonna and sean are both sexy and adorable. the plot is full of fun twists and the ending is so uplifting. i don't think it's anything oscar-worthy but it does what a good movie should do: it entertains.
along with desperately seeking susan and who's that girl, this is one of madonna's most natural performances. she doesn't overpower the movie the way she has in all her post-league of their own work (that power only worked to her advantage in evita).
also, she's not as mannered and affected here as she is in later films. the only stiff part is in the beginning (where one newspaper reviewer said she seemed to be reading off cue cards) where gloria is treating glendon with distaste. i guess it's hard for madonna to play "stiff" without seeming like she's acting.
but the rest of her performance is very natural. her smile at the end when sean takes her arm and makes her wave to faraday is extraordinary, on par with the acting of a good romantic comedy actress like sandra bullock or julia roberts.
i can see why sean and madonna wanted to do this. it had the potential to be well-received (though period screwball comedies/love stories were an outdated genre after 1975) but i think the media can make or break you. the media was really fed up with the poison penns and that's why they trashed this movie.
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The big-budget bomb that helped bring down George Harrison's HandMade Films. A painfully miscast Sean Penn is stuck with his then-wife (and non-actor) Madonna in a romantic-comedy... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
This is a independent film, which makes you laugh, till you cry, the ending was really good, when Madonna, is on the ship leaving, as Sean Penn, is looking at her,and the others... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jereme Semien
Loved this years ago when I first saw it.. Madonna and Sean still have the ability to make me laugh when I watch it.. Very funny and great to watch again..Published 20 months ago by Corinne Beusch
I got this as George Harrison was the $$ behind the movie and had to make a special trip to Asia to clam down the battling Penn's. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mark D. Serbin
As a collector of anything and everything MADONNA this is a cherished addition. This came out when I was much younger and it brought a flood of welcomed memories.Published on January 26, 2014 by Edward Palmer
This film is old enough it should be available for viewing at no cost. Apologies accepted in advance. Why isn't it?Published on January 24, 2014 by mlmetz5612
Before to see the movie I thought that was a bad one but after look it I realli think that is a movier to see without preventionsPublished on October 2, 2013 by Leonardo Andres Cortez Ruiz
The acting was good. The story was good . the soundtrack was great! the camera shots were excellant. TRy it -Buy it !!!Published on June 29, 2013 by honey badger
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