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Michael Keaton and Geena Davis are a winning ticket (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America ) in this captivating romantic comedy which proves conclusively that opposites do attract and then some. 'smart, sexy and side-splittingly funny (Mike McKay, WBTV-CBS), Speechless is the word for great entertainment. It was a match made in heaven... almost. Two witty, intelligent insomniacs, Kevin (Keaton) and Julia (Davis), meet over the last box of sleeping pills at an all-night convenience store and are immediately attracted. They share an evening of passion and romance and discover that they have a lot in common... maybe too much. When they learn that they're both speech writers but for opposing political campaigns the sweethearts quickly move from speechless to ruthless and drop the pillow talk for serious verbal jabbing. But the more they stab each other in the back and insult each other directly, the more they realize that true love doesn't always follow along party lines.
Picture James Carville and Mary Matalin dropped into a screwball comedy. Michael Keaton and Geena Davis are political speechwriters with bad cases of insomnia who meet cute, fall in love, and then discover that they are working for opposing candidates. The subsequent short-lived war of dirty tricks and one-upmanship is one of those contrivances that is soon (and thankfully) discarded in light of their instant rapport and mutual respect. In a world where candidates are for sale and campaigns are fought like poker games, these idealists are made for each other--they just don't know it yet. Director Ron Underwood (City Slickers) has a light touch with comedy and a nice feel for romantic fun, but it's the charm of Keaton and Davis that puts the bounce in an otherwise limp political satire. --Sean Axmaker
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Loads of funny lines, with not a scene that doesn't add to the build up to an unpredictible climax. All I can say, it is 100 minutes of enjoyable entertainment where both actors are at ease with themselves and each other. I like Michael best in this type of comedy role where he isn't the bad guy. Again, from the very start, you know that they are "meant" for each other, they just let their required stand-off jobs control them most of the film. Great stuff especially if you are bored or down, this will lift you up. This is my favorite movie for each of the actors.
Julia: Shall we speak the unspoken language of love?
Kevin: You mean the kind only dogs can hear?
Julia: Yes, the very same.
Director Ron Underwood makes the most of the script by using a light, deft touch which makes the movie shine. Mr. Underwood's first major movie was the 1990 science fiction movie, "Tremors," which has become a cult classic. He was a talented director then, and he does a superb job with this movie.
In "Speechless," he also makes good use of a fine ensemble cast: Michael Keaton plays the role of Kevin Vallick and he gives another of his many superb performances. Mr. Keaton is one of our finest actors, and he doesn't miss a beat in making his role interesting, engaging, and funny.
He shares the lead role with Geena Davis. Ms. Davis' lively, vivacious performance perfectly balances Mr. Keaton's fine work. Together, they simply sparkle with wit, charm, and imagination.
I was also very impressed with the work of Bonnie Bedelia, who plays Mr. Keaton's former wife and present boss. Ms. Bedelia plays her role with a delicate balance and grace. Her work is of the highest order. In fact, the entire cast and crew should be complimented for their fine work on this production.
So, please give this superior romantic comedy a try. It will pleasantly beguile your time and leave you feeling good about how much fun it is to watch a really well-made movie.
Set on a campaign trail of two candidates.
Davis and Keaton give fantastic performances and have you cheering them on.
Funny well written and absolutely well acted.