What happens when you get the writing hand of Billy Crystal and a cast of the stars? You get America's Sweethearts, a funny, romantic, and original comedy that puts an interesting twist on Hollywood couples.
Following the breakup of longtime Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, America's Sweethearts seems strangely reminiscent of real events, but Billy Crystal and Peter Tolan, both writers on this project, turn a rather sore subject into a funny love triangle between John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Julia Roberts. Crystal also stars as the publicist who is trying his best to have everything work out just right so that the final movie made by the on-screen Hollywood sweethearts is a success.
The thing that will attract audiences to America's Sweethearts is obviously the actors, which includes an array of big names, such as the ones listed above as well as Hank Azaria and Stanley Tucci, who both turn in hilarious performances. However, what makes the movie good is the script, which has some very funny lines that both Cusack and Crystal know how to pull off very well. The women are given less comical lines and more comical characters, but this is definitely an ensemble cast, each name contributing something. However, if it were to come down to one winner, it would have to be Azaria, for pulling off a hilarious Spanish-like accent.
The chemistry between the cast and the great script make for an entertaining movie, but there are a few setbacks. Sometimes, America's Sweethearts subtlety is a little bit too much; it moves too slowly. And sometimes, the comedy is a little too slapstick, especially the two scenes involving Billy Crystal and a dog. What was the point of that? Is Crystal not good enough to get a real romantic interest?
America's Sweethearts is a movie that anyone can enjoy. It has good acting, a good script, and an entertaining story that rarely loses pace. At the least, it is fun to watch these big names essentially make fun of the lifestyle they really live, and on another level, it is a pretty good romantic comedy.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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