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Plot: Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds... Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 29 Aug 1997
Wanna See Sean Penn In A John Cassavetes Film? Here it is. (by Niro)
Some of the people who "review" flicks here continually amaze me with their complete lack of film knowledge.When I heard an interview with the always-extraordinary Sean Penn, in which he said he was upset that so few people had seen what he considers to be his best work: this film and the excellent "At Close Range," I knew that I had to catch this.Then, finding that it was based on an unproduced John Cassavetes script, I was all the more eager.That final statement should scare off anyone who expected a happy, romantic Hollywood film, as they clearly haven't seen any of <more>
the late writer/director's stark, realistic films. Cassavetes' work relied heavily on tortured, unlikable or unredeemable characters who can act their brains out te often portrayed by his wife/widow, Gena Rowlands].We're talking serious fare, folks ~ required viewing such as "Husbands," "Woman Under The Influence," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "Gloria" [the brilliant Rowlands original, not the adequate Sharon Stone remake].Now comes his former B-movie star & son, Nick, who dusts off papa's script and enlists the type of actors who are eminently qualified to play a group of true undesirables: Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, James Gandolfini, Harry Dean Stanton, Debi Mazar and the newly-retalented John Travolta, who appears in the last reel.Even Mom [Rowlands, of course] gets a small but important role.And the adorable Kelsey Mulrooney, playing Penn & Penn's nine-year-old daughter is terrific without stooping to precociousness.Is this a brutally honest film? Yep. Is it vulgar in nearly every way? Of course. Do the leading characters have any chance of redemption, moral or otherwise? Not likely.Do I care?Let's just say that there's more passionate acting in "She's So Lovely" than was evident in nearly every other 1997 film.And that's certainly good enough for me.So there.
Excellent Film! Hope this commentary is not a 'spoiler'! (by capajawebb)
It seems as if, as I read through other comments, that many people either do not understand the film or have not paid attention to what is going on in the story. I've read one that stated something along the lines of, "How could a man go so insane that he's locked up for ten years because he's mad about another man beating his wife?!"If one pays attention to the context clues, it is apparent that Eddie has a history of mental illness. The story does not begin with the opening scene. You have to pay attention to the film's details and its allusions to pre-existing <more>
circumstances.I thought this film was excellent. The characters are not likeable people on the surface. If I knew someone like Maureen in real life I'd probably detest her. Maureen left her children to be with her lover, she drank while pregnant, and she's dumb as rocks, but you have to look past the character flaws and focus on what this story is about. It's not about morals and reasonable, rational decision-making. Those concepts do not typically make for artistic expression. This story is about love and obsession - two human conditions that are not often pleasant but very real. Anyone who has been in love knows that it can drive you mad. It's such a drag; at the same time, there's nothing else that can make you so high the way love does. You have to appreciate the feelings that Mo and Eddie have for one another. I don't understand how one can NOT appreciate, how one can NOT absolutely love, some of the hysterical dialogue in this film. Maureen tells Eddie she wants to smash bottles over peoples heads and then adds, "Because I love you." That thought of Maureen's becomes something later in the film that Eddie says repeatedly. Mo's thoughts become a part of Eddie's self-perception.The defining moment in this film is when Eddie and Mo reunite. It's the look that they give each other as they drive off leaving her family. The look in their eyes is real, and you can see that, at least to them, there was nothing else for her to do but go with him. To them it was the only right thing in the world.
What a wonderful film. Crazy, Violent, Funny... just chill out and ENJOY!
Truly Lovely (by breacain)
I didn't know what to expect from this film, but whatever I got is about ten times better than whatever I was expecting, if that makes sense.The characters are so likable. And the acting is just phenomenal. There were several scenes I had to back up and watch again just because some of the layers of small gestures and expressions and emotional choices are so genius, I just couldn't believe how thoughtfully turned out it all was. Hint: Watch Penn's face when he is asking his tired, pregnant wife to put on heels and a nice dress for going out. Men, that is how you get your woman to <more>
say "YES!" And I love the theme of honesty in this movie. The characters are all more honest with themselves and each other than anyone you'll meet in the world, and they're also more tolerant of other people's honesty than real people are. It's beautiful, and it's not "brutal" honesty. And everything is beautiful until that honesty is taken away by good intentions .Yes, I agree they oversimplified the whole missing ten years thing, but I don't mind because this was such a stunningly original, surprising little love story.Remarkable.Oh, and extra credit for including Tito Larriva!
Amazingly touching tribute/gesture to john Cassavetes (by eran_aviad)
I didn't know what to expect of this movie, being a John Cassavetes fan. it was very surprising to find that this is in fact a tribute to Cassavetes Sr. Sean Penn is brilliant and actually seemed to be acting it the way John would have. same goes for Robin Wright, who seems to be acting Gena Rowlands style.all in all i think this is a must see for John Cassvetes fans who crave too see what he would have done next, if he had the chance. this film has a lot of heart, and Cassavetes Sr. fingerprints all over it.thanks to Nick for this loving tribute to his father. a very underrated film.
utterly compelling (by Aregie)
From reading these reviews, one can clearly see this is a film that polarizes viewers. Frankly, at first, I almost dismissed it because of the violence and hopelessness. But the acting in this tragicomedy is so utterly compelling, the pathos so real that I couldn't stop watching, and the spot-on dialogue kept me caught up in the story. The humour was not just icing on the cake, but it infused some credible lightness into this heavy tale. John Travolta's line to his nine-year old daughter, "..shut up and drink your beer!" would not have worked in a lesser film, but it was <more>
perfectly absurd and hilarious. In the ending, there is neither redemption nor catastrophe, and it feels authentic, because tomorrow is still another day...
Great, crazy movie! Nick is following in his fathers footsteps. (by ebsbel)
Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn fall in love, but their lives are everything but stable. Sean Penn is sent to jail for a number of years and when he is released he returns to his love Robin Wright Penn. She is now married to John Travolta and they have several kids. Normally this kind of family business would take months or even years to solve, but these crazy people and kids settle everything in one day. This means emotions, actions and dialog concentrated to the very essence of these peoples lives. Quite fascinating to watch and reminding of the way director Nick Cassavetes' father John <more>
Cassavetes used to make movies. Sean Penn always puts his soul into his work and the other actors do a great job. This movie is great fun. Watch it!!!
The greatest love story ever told sort of (by website-8)
I find this one of the most moving stories because it is not a frolic through the daisies, walking along the beach and live happily ever after stories. The leading man is not the "prince charming" that it is rumored most women seek. The heroine is not the perfect girl-next-door sweetheart that has men lining up for a dance. Their lives are not enviable. Their relationship is not coveted. I can't even say that the characters are admirable or likable. In fact some might find them contemptuous. However, it is a story about love that doesn't shy away from a reality of true love <more>
that few dare to portray - pain, sacrifice and possibly doing the wrong thing.
I have seen She's So Lovely all the way through, and several times at that. As "thesnowleopard" clearly states he/she did not watch the entire film and therefore has no right to comment.She's So Lovely has a true independent spirit, great acting and an original story. All of which should be appreciated by any student of film. Sean Penn gives an awesome performance as an incredibly unique character who is at once sweet and frightening made humorous by the same characteristics which are within us all. And the fury offered by John Travolta causes the audience to roll with <more>
contagious laughter. I dare not say that everyone will love this film because they certainly will not. What I am saying is that it has many admirable elements which should not be so easily dismissed. Give it a chance and see for yourself. If you do like this film, you may also enjoy Hurlyburly.