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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 it had the potential to be well-received (though period screwball comedies/love stories were an outdated genre after 1975) but i think the media can make or break you.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.
i am a big fan of the movies that George Harrison/Handmade Films produced.
Production values are good, Sean and Madonna turn in respectable performances. Harrison makes a cameo as a night club singer and provided the music.
Possibly an under rated movie with a great sound track.
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I had to give this one star, as it's easily in the top 5 worst movies ever. However, if you are like me and you like terrible movies with bad acting and confusing plot points, you... Read morePublished 3 months ago by kirstmarie
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 20 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
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 on June 12, 2014 by Corinne Beusch
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
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