Thursday, October 11, 2012

She's So Lovely (1997)

Synopsis: Chick with incredibly bad judgement is torn between foul-mouthed suburban family man and fresh-out-of-the-loony-bin scuzzy ex-husband.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “John Travolta (Face/Off, Phenomenon) joins Sean Penn (The Game, Dead Man Walking) and Robin Wright Penn (Forrest Gump) in this funny, hip and emotionally supercharged movie about a woman whose passion for two totally opposite men sets up an outrageously explosive love triangle!”

What Did I Learn?: Ladies, telling your husband that while you love him, you love your ex-husband even more is a pretty good way to start a fight.

You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy hearing the screams of passion.

Really?: 1) It’s funny how Maureen (Robin Wright Penn) never changes at all, even a divorce, a re-marriage, three kids and ten years later. 2) So wait – Eddie (Sean Penn) manages to talk Maureen into leaving the house, and he has the nerve to order her around? And she’s ok with that?!

Rating: Like a number of other John Cassavetes films, She’s So Lovely deals in raw human emotions, and it isn’t always easy to watch. While Sean Penn delivers a tour-de-force performance as a very troubled young man (Travolta and Wright Penn are also very good), She’s So Lovely is a disjointed film that feels like two movies welded together: the first half set in the 1970s is gritty, raw drama, while the second half is more of an awkward comedy. She’s So Lovely doesn’t quite work, but it’s an interesting misfire. 6.5/10 stars.

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