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I will watch this many times in the future, and for anyone on the fence about buying this, don't be, it's an amazing and wonderful experience. You won't be sorry.
HOWEVER THE FILM IS MADE TRULY MEMORABLE OF COURSE BY THE MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCES OF MAGGIE SMITH AND TIMOTHY BOTTOMS. THEIR UNLIKELY ROMANCE IS MADE TOTALLY BELIEVABLE BY THEIR TREMENDOUS CONNECTION.
THE MUSIC BY MICHAEL SMALL IS ALSO AN OUTSTANDING HIGHLIGHT OF THIS GREAT AND UNDER-RATED FILM.
So it became a mission of sorts for me to acquire DVDs of her earlier work simply because I knew there is more to Dame Maggie than just being a "spunky old lady".
"Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" is one of those movies can be described as a guilty pleasure. Oh definitely not because of the plot - which is the usual guy-meets-girl, guy falls in love with girl, girl dies *thud*. In between this predictable story line were two strangers, poles apart, but both seeking the same thing. So who cares if she's a middle-aged spinster who attracts the weird types and he's awkward college-aged young man who is gawky and wimpy (Timothy Bottoms' character here reminds me of Michael Cera's roles these days)? More than just embarking on a February-December affair, the journey of these two people was paved with good, lustful yet memorable intentions.
I cannot believe how young Dame Maggie was here. So much that when I found a post somewhere on Tumblr from someone who had seen "Gosford Park" and asked if Maggie had ever been young, I hunted for a YouTube clip of this movie (with the awkward bed/falling on the floor scene) and sent it to that poor thing.
Most reviews here have commented on the wonderful Spain setting and I have to agree. I think each place they visited was symbolic, but notably the last, La Mancha, representing what seems to be such a foolhardy relationship - it was doomed from the start or so it seems.
I loved this movie and only wish that it came with special features (I live for them).
Others have descibed the plot and the music and the scenery and all are top notch.
We must remember that time is precious and if you are lucky enough to find that special someone each moment is to be treasured.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as funny as I remember the first time around, years ago. Looks like Maggie's had an eye lid lift. And why not. She's a hoot.Published 5 months ago by susan clare knight
For anyone who is slightly romantic, this is a film to enjoy. The stunning scenery, the classic guitar music, the superb acting and the quirky characters take you from smiles to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sally K.
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing was my treat for the evening. I loved it. Timothy Bottoms did an excellent job as the young man in love with the older woman. Read morePublished 13 months ago by E. Ervin
I had seen this movie several years ago and really liked it. After all these years was still impressed with the acting and the story line. Read morePublished 15 months ago by AIM
Excellent acting. Beautiful scenery. One-of a kind! Although some reviewers have stated that the plot is typical, I found it to be very unusual. Read morePublished 16 months ago by AuntB
If you love Maggie Smith and Spain, you'll love this. Wonderful photography and delightful storyline.Published 16 months ago by dillybug
This was not the right movie for me, but my daughter, who is much younger than me, really enjoyed it. I think I like a different type of movie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by NanAnn