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In the same romantic spirit as PRETTY WOMAN and GHOST, GREEN CARD lights up the screen with its irresistible charm and lighthearted humor! The fun starts when two strangers (Andie MacDowell, SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE), and Academy Award(R)-nominee Gerard Depardieu (CYRANO DE BERGERAC) agree to a marriage of convenience -- thinking it's going to be hassle-free. She'll get to live in the apartment of her dreams, he'll get a "green card" to live in the U.S. But before they know it, the two opposites encounter far greater differences than most married couples could ever imagine! And worst yet, this mismatched twosome just might be falling love. Winner of two Golden Globe Awards (Best Picture and Best Actor), this delightful tale enjoyed cheers from critics and audiences alike. With its sunny mix of wit, spirit, and charm, GREEN CARD is an entertaining hit you'll never forget!
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Bronte is a single woman set on living in an apartment with its own greenhouse. She would need to be married to do so, so a friend suggests the unorthodox: marry a stranger that she will never see again. Enter George, a Parisian on the verge of deportation. As romantic comedies go, Bronte and George are forced not only see each other, but even live together while the INS gauges the validity of their marriage. Poor George tries to give Bronte breaks from his intrusion in her life, but fate keeps shoving him back in her path. The pair is highly mismatched, and it is that which makes the sexual tension between them both surprising and pleasing.
The only reason I gave this movie four stars was because of Andie McDowell. There are scenes where George's slovenly behavior drives Bronte (McDowell) up the wall, but instead of releasing real human rage on him, she states her insults in an even-paced, albeit loud, monotone. It wasn't enough to ruin the movie, but it did make me frown, just a moment. She does, however, redeem herself in the final scene, giving a display that made me proud.
Gérard Depardieu makes up for any shortcomings in spades. His talent overflows in this film and makes you see NOT Mr. Depardieu, but George, an immigrant desperate to stay in the US. Even with his unkempt habits and knack to get in the way, George manages to emerge an endearing character, one that you want to see succeed and get exactly what he wants.
Overall, Green Card triumphs to be a sweet, slightly quirkier-than-most romantic comedy, one that I enjoy pulling out now and again. I especially grow nostalgic for a viewing when watering my houseplants.
Tasteful romance with lighthearted moments of comedy and thoughtful dialogue that keeps the story flowing at a natural but unhurried pace. Everyone should view this once at least once, especially if they are a romantic-at-heart!