Unconditional Love 2003 PG-13 CC

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When the one man she has adored for years, Victor Fox, is murdered by The Crossbow Killer, Grace goes to London for the funeral. There she meets Dirk, Fox's secret lover of 20 years.

Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett
2 hours 2 minutes

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Unconditional Love

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Musical, Comedy
Director P.J. Hogan
Starring Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett
Supporting actors Meredith Eaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Lynn Redgrave, Stephanie Beacham, Richard Briers, Marcia Warren, Jack Noseworthy, Dan Wyllie, Dan Aykroyd, Jonathan Pryce, Brenda Pickleman, Steve Abbott, Rose Abdoo, Julie Andrews, Ashley Anne Ayer, Tim Bohn, Nancy Boykin, William J. Brookes
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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A great performance by both Kathy Bates and Rupert Everett.
We enjoyed it so much--at the end we just looked at each other and said "I REALLY liked that."
This is a delightful comedy with a good cast, great music. very enjoyable.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By D. Knouse on December 8, 2004
Format: DVD
I was trapped!!! I was over at my Mother's house and at the last moment, in a state of absolute resignation, I agreed to watch this movie. Before I came over I heard her relay the brief synopsis of the film over the phone and I was expecting a ridiculous yarn filled with ridiculous characters. It has all that, but it is more often than not surprisingly entertaining. Kathy Bates is the brightest star here and she portrays her "homemaker" character with great subtelty and depth, making her instantly likeable. Rupert Everett shows up about a third of the way into the film and is just one of the many character actors in this film that shine upon arrival. The major flaws appear when the viewer starts thinking too much. In fact, sometimes thinking at all will ruin a scene. For instance(s), there are some great moments when characters break out in song. Even though the scene calls for singing to occur it is still very refreshing amid all the crazy and far-fetched plotting circling around. Kathy Bates sings! She has more than just a pleasant voice. I was often impressed. She carries this film, being the proverbial "heart" of the story, but the entire cast is superb. There are even a few cameo appearances including Barry Manilow and Julie Andrews. This movie is completely unbelievable, but overall, it is a surprising and entertaining film. Recommended.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 12, 2004
Format: DVD
What can one say about a movie that features Julie Andrews singing GETTING TO KNOW YOU on a turbulent-ridden plane AND at the funeral of a worldwide singing sensation? AND Barry Manilow joining the cast for the finale's showstopper? It may all seem mushy, maudlin and over the top, and it is! But this little gem is a delightfully entertaining movie, full of smashingly good performances. Oscar winner Kathy Bates shines as Grace Beasley, a housewife with a dream of becoming a singer, a husband who leaves her after 25 years and a trip to England for the funeral of her murdered singing idol, Victor Fox. Bates hits all the right notes and is utterly charming.
Rupert Everett as the singer's unknown lover is at first all brutish and loutish, but once we learn a little more about him, he becomes the film's ironic hero. Everett is very good in this role.
Dan Aykroyd plays Bates' husband with all the timidity and self-serving bravado that explains the lack of adventure in their lives.
Jack Noseworthy, a very underrated young actor, portrays their son, who has also left his wife (we'll get to her later!).
Peter Skaasgard (Shattered Glass) plays the window washer with a secret. His youthful innocence is appropriately fitting.
Lynn Redgrave and Stephanie Beacham are remarkable as Victor's obnoxious and grabbing sisters. Their scenes are few, but they are brilliant!!
Jonathan Pryce (who got his start in Miss Saigon) is wonderful as the Tom Jones/Elvis Presley clone, whose murder leads Bates and Everett to find his killer--the Crossbow Killer.
The movie belongs, however, to the delightful Meredith Eaton, who plays Bates' daughter-in-law. Eaton is a dwarf (really) and she has a beautiful face and is so full of energy and oomph she lights up the screen.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Aaron S. Holbritter on August 3, 2003
Format: DVD
A common housewife seeks adventure after her husband leaves her. A Dead Pops stars gay lover seeks recogniton after his death. An unlikely trio stalks a serial killer. It may sound like three seperate movies, but P.J. Hogan's (Muriel's Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding) Unconditional Love is a wonderful mish-mash of a movie that kept me howling.
Not everyone will love this movie. In fact, some will downright hate it, but I loved it. It received no theatrical release in the US (except for the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian film festival) and isn't set for DVD release until October, but the Starz Cable Movie network is now showing it, and boy am I glad. Not everything works in the film. The plots don't always gel, and you spend quite a bit of time trying to make sense of it all. Hogan is a bit self-indulgent, but if you trust him, and let go of your conventional idea of what a good movie should be, you'll have a hell of a lot of fun.
Bates is fantastic as a put-upon house wife Grace Beasely, who adores Pop Icon Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce). Her husband (Dan Akroyd) tells her one morning that he doesn't have enough danger in his life, and he's leaving. Determined to start living herself, and at the urging of her dwarf daughter-in-law Maudey (ilariously portrayed by Meredith Eaton) Grace manages to score a ticket to a taping of his Christmas special. Unfortunately, that morning, Fox is found the victim of the Cross-bow Killer under the streets of Chicago.
Grace, pushed to a point of know return, decides to go to England for the singer's funeral. There she meets Dirk (Everet), his Valet and long-time companion. Dirk is holed up in the singers home, which is much in the demand of Victor's three sisters, who want to turn it into a Graceland like tourist shrine.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Maureen P. Ryan on August 13, 2003
Format: DVD
"Unconditional Love" with Kathy Bates, Dan Akroyd Rupert Everett and Meredith Eaton is one of the most delightful films I've seen in a long time. Jonathan Price plays international singing sensation Victor Fox (what a voice) murdered in Chicago, plunging the English-speaking world into mourning, and his #1 Fan Kathy Bates into a serious of adventures so charming and fun -- I kept exclaiming "What a GREAT story!" She goes to England for her favorite singer's funeral, meets his family and his best friend/valet (actually lover) and ends up understanding who Victor really was, becomes embroiled in everyone's affairs, returns to Chicago with Rupert and attempts to catch the murderer of the singer -- hilarity ensues! Happy endings all around -- fantastic singing of old favorites, Barry Manilow and Julie Andrews in cameos. My heart was full after seeing it. I think any "homemaker" would feel identification with the charming Kathy and wish-fulfillment in her courage and adventures -- she even gets to fulfill a life-long dream of singing to a large group of people -- and WHAT a voice SHE has. Quotable quote: "A life lived in fear is not much fun." This emboldens Kathy to reach out to the world, not just observe life on TV, but to go places, do dangerous things, make new friends, embrace the world and in so doing, be insulted, console, problem solve, support others, laugh and lead others to triumph through her empathy, sincerity, creativity and loyalty to her friends. She was the perfect example of someone being "lifted out of her milieu." The B. Manilow tune "I can't laugh without you, can't cry without you, if you only knew what I'm going through, ..." is still playing in my head! Ignore the critics and enjoy this movie.
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