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      29.03.2010 08:44
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      America's Sweethearts

      America's Sweethearts -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- General information -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Running: 102 minutes Category: Romantic comedy Director: Joe Roth Year: 2001 Language: English Country: United States Extras: yes Actors : Julia Robert as Kathleen Harrison Catherine Zeta-Jones as Gwen Harrison Billy Crystal as Lee Phillips John Cusack as Eddie Thomas Stanley Tucci as Dave Kingman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The story -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The movie is about Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas, Hollywoods most beloved and known couple and together they made one hitmovie after the other. Together they rule Hollywood, only the problem is they are not together anymore. Gwen is now dating a Spanish actor Hector and Eddie is in therapy, because he tried to kill Gwen with his motorcycle when he saw Gwen and Hector together. She doesn't want to be in the same area as him, but he still has feelings for her. Their last movie is about come out and they to promote this movie. Especially Gwen needs this movie to be a success, since her last two movies failed. They will have to pretend that they are back together, at least as friends. It's certainly not a easy job for publicist Lee Philips, but he's the best in the business and his job is depending on it. Luckily he can always count on the assistant, who's also the sister of Gwen: Kiki (Katleen). She does almost everything for Gwen and will get them together. But nobody said it would be easy, especially with surprises on the way. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Acting skills -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Catherine Zeta-Jones plays the part as Gwen Harrison, a known Hollywood actor. She's arrogant, selfish and only does things that are in her own interest. To the outside world she's nice and polite, but the public are getting on to her, especially after she broken up with Eddie. She doesn't seem all that nice after all. A really nice performance by Catherine Zeta-Jones and I can imagine she can be like that in real life. John Cusack plays the part of Eddie Thomas, the ex of Gwen. He had a difficult time with the break up and tried to run Gwen and Hector over. I liked this character and he comes across vulnerable. A different part then the last movie I saw him in: 2012. Of course Julia Roberts plays a part in this movie as the assistant of Gwen and is the quiet little mouse in this movie. She comes across really nice and believable. A nice performance of Julia. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Extras -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are a few extras on the DVD such as deleted scenes that didn't make the movie and also you get some information about the cast and crew of the movie. There are also a few trailers on the DVD. Very limited amount of extras. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My opinion -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- America's Sweethearts is a nice entertaining movie about two famous people in Hollywood. It's like you also imagine how famous people are in real life. Nice in front of the camera, but a total bitch when the camera is shut off. I thought you could see this really well in the character of Gwen and Catherine Zeta-Jones did a good job portraying this. This is really the strongest about the whole movie. Where the movie fails is this romantic story what makes the movie too sweet for my liking. It really takes away the humour and makes the movie to serious to enjoy it. Couldn't they make for once a original movie without the standard romantic storyline? It fits Julia Robert perfectly but even she couldn't save the movie. It's a shame because I really like the beginning of the movie, but it gets boring and predictable towards the end.

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        17.11.2008 08:36
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        All-star cast of roberts, cusack, jones and crystal

        ==="Introduction"=== They are in good terms in cam but once its off, they fight like hell. When an america's sweethearts fight each other, the limelight stays on them. The fight is in news, magazines and other. The controversy will generate them more popularity and publicity. As they say: "Negative publicity is good publicity". ==="Cast"=== Julia Roberts - Kathleen "Kiki" Harrison Billy Crystal - Lee Phillips Catherine Zeta-Jones - Gwen Harrison John Cusack - Eddie Thomas The cast is good. Everyone is popular at their own way. Julia Roberts is considered as one of the all star in hollywood. In this movie, she acts as kiki, sister of the popular gwen harrison that is played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. Her role shows the life behind having a popular sister. She's always ask to do something and is treated as a helper. Catherine Zeta-Jones is gwen, a popular actress and sister of kiki. She has this attitude that she must always have the last laugh. She must always has be in the limelight and her public image is her priority. John Cusack plays Eddie, the partner of gwen. He is a man that acts that he doesn't care at all but inside he is. Bill Crystal is Lee who is the manager of the two. He has the idea that the two must work together again because he thinks they will regain popularity more than ever. ==="Plot"=== The plot is simply the two couple after breaking up was brought back together so they can finish their last movie. After the break up, gwen fell in love with a latino actor while eddie just unwind in the garden with a guru. When they are brought back, still both can't have a conversation not ending up to fight, being a sister, gwen always goes to her sister, kiki, for an advice and with no one to count on, eddie also finds peace in the company of kiki. So kiki feels horrible because she knows a lot and for her, it sucks. And as it goes, slowly kiki and eddie fell for each other. What will happen to them? that's you need to find out. Nice plot and loved it. I love this plot because it is comedy and at the same time it is romantic. I am a fan of romantic comedies! ==="My ratings"=== 9 out of 10 - Another underrated movie (only 6 out of 10). I gave this rating because of the cast and plot. Aside from that is the theme song or the original soundtrack of this movie. It is entitled as "All the love in the world" sung by no other than the siblings of the corrs. I really liked this song. It is very lovely and in the melody, you can feel the love. The passion of a person to another. So hope you like this song. ==="My opinion"=== Overall, i liked this movie. Also liked a scene there when eddie is in the rooftop and everyone thinks he will commit suicide but the reason he was there was, he wants to feel the wind. And what's funny there is that he tried explaining the he will not commit suicide but everyone is not listening to him. Very funny scene.

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          16.07.2006 14:23
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          Everything, no laughs, Ultra light, shallow film

          THE CAST IS THE FILM/PLOT/STORY I love Julia Roberts I love John Cusack I love Catherine Zeta Jones I love Billy Crystal. These actors are well loved by American public, cant say the same for the rest of the world, probably rest of the world believe these actors are the sweethearts of American people. This is the plot of the story, this is the film itself, this is the length and breadth of the story. I think its making got its body from the thought that you take some widely admired actors and let them say some funny, witty things to dogs to Wellness Guide and share some evaluations of their lovers is a formula for a successful film, that was the worm in the brain of the maker of this film. The movie could have been lot worse than what it was, but also it could have been a lot better than what it was, but all observations after the event is like crying over the spilt milk, just go on with our lives and live to see another film another day. I am sure I enjoyed this film, some humor was good and I liked seeing Catherine Zeta-Jones for whatever she was doing in this film, there was not a big sweating like effort to act on part of the actors in this film as their roles did not allow them to be deep and become brain candy. It was just a romantic comedy away from anything the film viewers can have in common as we do not have public attention or gossip writers chasing us all the time. But I liked the plot of Hal Weidman that is Christopher Walken whose surprise film is the hidden camera footage of his actors during the filming of his movie. Anyway if you look at the blood, bashing, senseless violent films this film will stand tall in its entertaining value, so all and all there are very mixed feelings. This film cast the role of Julia Roberts very tastefully the doormat/manager for her sister and there are no resentments in her for the way she gets treated by her sister and more over it was like Julia Roberts is slowly making her way into the hearts of the viewers. The story in few words is like this John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones play Eddie Thomas and Gwen Harrison, 2 stars who were very successful working together, they worked their way into the hearts of the American public, but now they are going thru failures their films are flopping and one Zeta Jones is attached to her Spanish lover and John Cusack is in a sanatorium, I liked John Cusack he looks excellent on screen, his skin colour is good, Hector the lover has some funny dialogues to say and has a hilarious lisp. Movie publicist Billy Crystal (Lee Phillips) job is to bring back Zeta Jones and John Cusack together again for the release of their new film, so that when people know they are back together again, the ratings of their film will improve and hopefully studio will earn money and so also the film industry will profit. Julia Roberts (Kiki) will get a acting contract in the end and some feel good climax is all the signs that we have seen a average film, this film is on the borders of being very funny and very enjoyable, the fact is it remain only on borders of a memorable film. Billy Crystal is the co-writer and the main funny man, where as there are other funny people like Hank Azaria, Alan Arkin all pitched in their efforts, Kiki always loving and wanting to be with her sisters husband was a twist but later on it was straightened all right, there is that one event called PRESS-JUNKET all expense paid trips for journalists who write nice reviews of films. This area should have been explored more anyway it contributed to the funniness. The ending was very enjoyable and it was actually where I was able to participate in the story and I liked the way it ended, I am a stickler to marriage vows or single partner relationships all life long so I love anything where these values are triumphing. A light film with great giant actors with some jokes to support them is the core of this movie. SOME SHOTS FROM THE MOVIE ========================= Gwen: Kiki? What was the name of that movie? Kiki: I don't give a shit! Eddie: No, that wasn't it. --------------------------------------------- This was a likeable, enjoyable but not necessarily groundbreaking movie. It must have been very costly to cast all these big names and I still think the casting was meant to reflect the title of the movie 'AMERICAN SWEETHEARTS' not the story or the film inside the story so that is one creative thing visible after lot of pondering you get out of this film. Joe Roth direction is as average as one might evaluate. But he gives the film narrative a blunt feel to a point. Some scenes you do not know what to expect romance or laughter, but the closing moments are good enough to make you forgive all. Billy Crystal and the dog are ok. Let me give you a translation of URDU couplet to sum up my feelings :- I dont despair the drowning of my boat the despair is it drowned in shallow waters. YO IN CONCLUSION THERE IS NOTHING TO LEAVE BEHIND IN THE CONCLUSION !!

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            26.08.2005 21:13
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            A bland comedy about hollywood where the cast is great, the script not

            America’s Sweethearts is one those movies that ambles along for a couple of hours. You don’t feel anything for it; it’s the Hollywood equivalent of a cream cake. It looks good on the outside but the taste isn’t what you expected. Much later you feel guilty as you know you shouldn’t have touched it. Eddie Thomas (John Cusack) and Gwen Harrison (Cath Zeta Jones) are the sweethearts of the title. The married couple have starred in many a film together and each one has been a huge success. But then Gwen left Eddie for a Spanish guy and Eddie went into exile. They have one last film coming out that both of them headline. The studio has an expensive flop on their hands unless Gwen can be seen back with Eddie. Top publicist Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal) is roped in to make it happen. Lee stages an exclusive press junket in the middle of nowhere and get’s his two stars to come along. Of course the separated couple are happy when it comes to the press but behind the scenes they’re at each other’s throats. The public want to see Gwen and Eddie together, Lee wants it to happen but Eddie is becoming attracted to Gwen’s sister Kathleen (Julia Roberts). It’s all going to get messy! The feeling I got from this film was just ‘blah’. It’s meant to be a comedy but I can’t recall laughing once. It’s one of those films about the film business that thinks it can be clever satire. But instead it just comes off as a little showy and too wrapped up in itself. It may have worked had there been any biting moments, some sly digs at the industry but there aren’t. With a cast like this it’s difficult for the film to actually be an un-watchable film. You like the actors involved but when they’ve nothing interesting to say you feel it’s a missed opportunity. Billy Crystal does what he can with the weak material but can only really hit a high note when a dog is sniffing his crotch. Zeta Jones is playing the bitchy actress but we’ve seen it all before. Julia Roberts is fine but it’s hard to buy her as the dowdy sister. Christopher Walken makes an appearance as the film’s director and naturally he steals the show. The film is directed by Joe Roth, not surprisingly Roth was actually a studio executive. So I’m sure he was constantly laughing at the material, as it probably seemed funny in his inner circle of friends. The film looks nice but there’s nothing special about it. I’d like to say that this was formulaic but warm enough to appeal to the romantic in us. But sadly it wasn’t to be, it’s just all too smarmy for it’s own good. As a comedy it’s below average, as a satire it’s terrible. American Sweethearts is one of those films that made a ton of money but will be forgotten in a few short years. Should you wish to judge for yourself then the DVD can be picked up quite cheaply. Or if you’re reading this opinion and have sky/freeview then flick on E4 at 9pm and see for yourself.

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              21.07.2004 02:16
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              After recently joining www.dvdsontap.co.uk, my wife has taken it upon herself to choose our latest viewing material. Now, this is not a choice I leave with her often, as it normally ends up with me watching some long drawn out chick flick, getting wrong at least 5 times in the first 15 minutes for mocking the cheesy plot, and telling her what will happen before the film ends! Annoying? Probably, but it is a sure fire way to let her choose what we watch, as then I admittedly have no grounds for criticising anything I choose. Anyway back to the review. The DVD that landed on our doorstep yesterday was 'America's Sweethearts', and the first thing I noticed was that it certainly was an all star cast. Could my wife have finally picked something worth watching? Let me tell you..... The lead characters are played by John Cusack and Catherine Zeta Jones. Eddie Taylor and Gwen Harris are both Hollywood stars, married to each other, seemingly with the world at their feet. They have the Midas touch, and thousands of adoring fans, but it all goes wrong when Gwen falls for Hector, a fellow actor, played by Hank Azaria. The spilt was very messy, and played out in public, until Eddie was sent off to rehab after trying to kill the pair by driving his car through the window of a restaurant they were eating in. It seems like the pair will never exchange another word nevermind ever work together again, so Gwen decides to go it alone, but her films flop badly, and she has accusations hurled at her that she is nothing without Eddie. All of her problems could be over though, as the film that she was making with Eddie at the time of the split needs to be publicised in order to make it a success, but it all relies on Eddie agreeing, and the wayward director Hal Wideman played by Christopher Walken actually turning up with the showreels so that the film can be shown to the press pack who are waiting with baited breath. Sounds confusing, but believe me it is not! They are brought back together by failing publicist Lee Phillips, played by Billy Crystal. He claims to have the best interests of the stars at heart, but truthfully he is out for his own personal gain, and will exploit them in any way he can. He has been told by double crossing studio boss Dave Kingman, played by Stanley Tucci, that he can have his old job back if he gets the couple to publicise the film. Now when I read reviews of the film, I was lead to believe that Julia Roberts role as Gwen's dowdy sister Kiki was going to be a huge change for Roberts. She was going to look totally unglamorous, and pale into insignificance when put next to Zeta Jones, but confusingly this was not the case. Admittedly, there are a couple of flashback scenes where she was heavier and wore glasses, but for the majority of the film she comes across as an attractive and confident woman, who is anything but in the shadows of her more famous sister. Predictability is the name of the game with this film, and it did not let me down. The plot was so simple it could have been written by a child. I won't even tell you who ends up with who as that would be just too much of a spoiler, but I am sure you will manage to work it out pretty quickly. I am a fan of some of the work John Cusack has done, and 'Grosse Pointe Blank' is one of my all time favourite films, but in this he has sold out completely, whereas in 'High Fidelity', he was only half way there. He has finally gone for what seemed like a guaranteed big pay day, but the film was just not up to scratch, and I think he needs to go back to the drawing board if he think he is the perfect leading man in a romantic comedy, because believe me.....he is not. He does not have the looks, the charm, or the screen presence to carry it off. Zeta Jones and Roberts were instantly forgettable in these roles, which is a shame, as we all know that they are capable of much much better. Hank Azaria brought one of the few smiles to my face during the film with his over acting in his portrayal of the Latin 'C' list actor with the unfortunate lisp, who hit lucky when Gwen fell for him, and the final scenes where he protests about the rumoured size of his equipment are genuinely amusing. The whole thing was just stale, it has been done hundreds of times before, and much much better. There are a few humorous moments, but on a whole the film was lacking spontenaity and some good old belly laughs. It claims to expose the real goings on behind the scenes within the movie industry, but I am sure that this claim cannot be taken seriously, as it was just not tongue in cheek enough to be accurate, and Joe Roth must bear the brunt of this criticism, because as director he could have opened up the business a lot more, and created larger than life characters instead of the lifeless Gwen and Eddie. Not really recommended, and even my wife said that it was ok, but she would not hurry to watch it again.

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                28.02.2004 21:35
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                Billy Crystal is not only the best thing in this movie, he was also apparently responsible for the idea behind it. Directed byJoe Roth, who?s last movie was made in 1990 (?Coupe de Ville?). Not that he wasted the years in between ? he was head of motion pictures at 20th Century Fox, and at Disney. Earlier than that, he directed ?Revenge of the nerds 2?. Not much of a recommendation there, then. Essentially, the movie is a romantic comedy, but as you can imagine with Crystal?s involvement, it does have some funny moments. It has a great cast ? notably Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Billy Crystal, Stanley Tucci, and Christopher Walken. I mean, that?s definitely an all-star cast. But? as I said earlier, Billy Crystal is the best thing about it. Which may make you realise that I don?t think it?s all that wonderful. ?America?s Sweethearts? is definitely a movie where the whole is not as good as the sum of it parts. Such a great cast, of people who I usually go out of my way to see in movies (well, all the male actors there, anyway!), but even with all those people in it, I wouldn?t claim it?s such a great movie. It?s good in parts. But nowhere near great. The plot revolves around Gwen (played by Zeta Jones) and Eddie (played by Cusack) , who are known as America?s sweethearts ? the usual kind of duo-celebrity relationship, Richard and Judy but with more style. Except that the big happy couple is not really any more - they?ve broken up. Their assistant, Kiki, the ?sensible? one, is played by Roberts. Then there?s Crystal, who plays Lee Philips, a PR wizard. And really this is what the entire movie revolves around, a PR junket, trying to handle public opinion, create a new blockbuster. It?s not necessarily the glitzy, Hollywood, kind of scenery you might expect from this showbiz-based movie. There are some remote desert scenes, at a Las Vegas hotel. The material is really what?s to blame for it being so disappointing. Zeta-Jones is fine in her usual spoilt brat kind of role (pretty well reprised in ?Intolerable Cruelty?) but there?s not much more to it than that. And I?m trying to remember John Cusack?s appearances in much better movies, such as ?Identity? and Gross Point Blank? instead of this basically unconvincing role. But worst of all, it all got rather boring for me. I never really started to care about any of the characters, and I'm sure we are supposed to like the mousy Kiki, at least. Hmm, that didn't work for me, sorry. I just wanted them all to wander off and get lost in the desert. Certificate 12 It's 99 minues long ? just the right length for this kind of light movie. Definitely one to borrow, rather buy. And only if you're a Billy Crystal fan, as his scenes are the main reason to see it at all.

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                  ~ When i took the movie out on vhs, i had already seen it in the cinema. I remembered it was funny and quite easy to understand. ~ But, it was quite hard to understand what a junkit was, i still don't know, but I presume it is like a premier. ~ The film's storyline is very simple, basically, Gwen and Eddie ( Catherine and John) and actors who have split up, but Lee ( Billy) has to make the press think the pair are together for the junkit. Slight problems though, Gwen has a spanish boyfriend who is very protective, Kiki ( Julia ) fancies Eddie and the film that is meant to be shown at the junkit hasn't turned up. ~ This is a brilliant film, quite predicatable after we find out Kiki loves Eddie, but still it is quite funny and it is great fun. I watched it 3 times in 3 days, and I would watch it a fourth time only i had to return it to blockbuster. I recommend it to anyone, it is definately worth seeing.

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                  30.11.2001 22:04
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                  • "For adults who are able to understand the story."

                  The film was a good film, it had a few hints of comedy and some of them were very funny. There is one part where he is looking for his ex, he looks over the fence, only to get prickled by a cactus. The security camera behind him makes it look as though he his knocking himself off to put it politely. The story tells of a young actor, who eventually splits up with his co- actress/ wife. The couple were so close the public are surprised. Now they are apart and a movie between them is due to be released. As he tries hard to win her heart back, her sister comes into the picture. There are plenty of moments that intend to make you laugh; some of them are very funny. But there are a few times that you just simply manage to smile, but no laugh or giggle comes out. I remember a part near to the end where he is standing on a roof! People think he is trying to commit suicide when in fact he's not. Then his ex's sister the one he actually loves comes running up and pushes the door open knocking him down and nearly falling of the roof. That was also a very funny moment, and then they start to talk. This is where it starts to get mushy for all you romantic lass’s. I would recommend the film though; it is a very good story. Not original but very well played and an enjoyable film to watch!

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                  22.11.2001 17:57
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                  Why can you tell it's American? Well, it's such a standard Hollywood film ... It concentrates on the film industry, which is what Hollywood loves since, after all, films are the most important thing in the world, aren't they? It has a conclusion which you can guess after about five minutes of the film. The bad guys act bad all the time - they don't have any good points. The good guys act good all the time - they don't have any bad points. But is it entirely without merit? Well, no. The film starts off about a breakup between two movie stars, who are regularly in the same film and are a celebrity couple. No, their names aren't Tom and Nicole. Then the last film they made is about to be released, so they have to promote it together, and the promotor (played excellently by Billy Crystal) tries to get the papers writing stories about them getting back together. Which they're not. But it's all publicity. Enter Julia Roberts, who plays Kiki, the sister of Gwen (the female half of the split couple). Cue much flirting between her and Eddie (the male half). Can you see where this is going yet? Yes, you can. The film has some very funny moments. When the film-within-a-film is shown, it's not *quite* as expected, and Gwen's new boyfriend is revealed to be, well, less endowed than he would like to be shown as. Eddie decides to go and see Gwen, but falls onto a cactus and gets apprehended by the guards for the lewd way he's removing the spikes (ouch). Lee (Billy Crystal's character) is an excellent character, with funny lines and situations. And this is proper comedy too - it's not just a slapstick line or two. So it's predictable, funny, simplistic and well put together. It's certainly not perfect, but I'd recommend it for one thing in particular ... It's an ideal date film - a romantic comedy with a lot of emphasis o n the comedy. However, blokes beware - you're likely to have 10 minutes of perfume adverts beforehand!

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                    • "Not nearly biting enough for a satire"

                    America's Sweethearts is a 'satire' on the overhyped 'Hollywood machine' and the emptiness, egotism and selfishness of its stars. The cast is led by Catherine Zeta Jones, John Cusack, Julia Roberts and Billy Crystal. It's a brilliant premise with a top-notch cast, but sadly it's a great disappointment. The plot: Zeta Jones and Cusack are a separated couple who have made a string of highly successful films together. Since their split at the end of making the movie, Cusack has been in a Buddhist/Yogic/New Age clinic trying to come to terms with losing her, while she's been shacked up with a muscled but empty-headed Spanish wannabe. Crystal is the studio publicist who has to get them both together at a media junket to resurrect their careers and get the film from the director (Christopher Walken) who's been holding it back. Julia Roberts is CZJ's sister and personal assistant, a former fatty who's lost a lot of weight and still harbours a massive crush on Cusack that she held all the time he was married to her sister. Naturally, there are lots of misunderstandings, displays of ego and things going wrong. All the cast play their roles very well, and Zeta Jones looks fabulous. So what's wrong? Well basically it's not very funny. There are a handful of Crystal one-liners that caused a chuckle in the audience, but not one real belly laugh or running joke that builds. Also, it turns out that, surprise, surprise, Hollywood isn't very good at exposing its own foibles and holding them up to scrutiny. The film is well directed, but the script is simply too weak. You see the ending coming right from the start and the plot twists and turns (of which there aren't many) are also very predictable. Being a huge fan of John Cusack (The Grifters, High Fidelity) and a lover of Billy Crystal's humour and timing, I expected a lot, lot more from this film. It passes a couple of hours in a sort of pleasant and sort of entertaining way, but in the end it was too fluffy, too glossy, too lightweight and too mundane to be satisfying on any level. I'd recommend you miss it at the cinema and get it on video only if you've seen everything else in the shops.

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                      What a line-up - Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, John Cusack, and, well, Catherine Zeta Jones too, but it couldn't be all her fault, surely? The film is directed by Joe Roth, of...well, a lot of rather rightfully unacclaimed films such as The Exorcist III for example. With better direction, I believe the film could have squeezed out a little more humour in the acting and general behaviour, since the script itself could not have been much improved other than with a sturdy paper shredder and a power supply. The film begins with all the artistry and grace of a bull in a pottery exhibition (I hate cliches, which may have been part of the problem here). We are launched into the film like a firework, learning of America's favourite couple, Tom and Nicole - I mean, Brad and Gwyn - I mean Demi and Bruce - I mean - ach well, take your pick, it could be any old HOllywood couple really. However, Gwen and Eddie (Zeta Jones and Cusack) have gone through the usual torrid emotional public break-up, and their publicist (played by Billy Crystal) is doing his utmost to throw them back together in time for the premiere of their latest film. Zeta Jones is good as the classy bitch who bullies her sister-cum-PA, Julia Roberts, but she could have really played it up for a few more laughs. In fact, I got the feeling she wasn't actually doing all that much acting, but that may be the cynic in me. Roberts and Crystal were also good - but when you are as famous as they are, good is simply not good enough. Perhaps this was down to mediocre script writing, but if you were given the chance to write a Dooyoo review on wallpaper paste or one on a holiday abroad, which would you choose? John Cusack perhaps does the best job, working his part to the full within the limits of the script and plot. He is convincing as a nervous emotional wreck, with lovable, humourous and violent tendencies all rolled into one - perhaps the only character in the film who is a little more than one sided. The best character in the film without a doubt is Hector, Gwen's fiery latin lover who appears for a few laughs with a spluttering and lisping Spanish accent and sultry swagger. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that this is the funniest character in the film, as it is played by Hank Azaria. Recognise the name? You wouldn't recognize the voice! Azaria does the voice of Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, and a host of other Simpson's characters. There is nothing particularly bad about this film - but then, there is nothing particularly good about it either. It is watchable, mildly amusing, and nothing more. This might have been less than disappointing had it not been for the star studded cast, and with Billy Crystal given credit as a writer, I would have expected more. If you generally enjoy romantic comedies with big names that usually include Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, then this will be right up your street. If you prefer a touch of class and a glimmer of depth, give it a miss. The funniest moments are all tied together nicely in the trailer, along with the basic plot, so you'd be better off going to see Amelie, and getting two good films for the price of one.

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                        02.11.2001 21:13
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                        Probably the most impressive feature of 'America's Sweethearts' is the casting. Billy Crystal, who co-starred, co-produced and co-wrote the film. Gwen "Catherine-Zeta-Jones" and attempted murderer boyfriend Eddie "John Cusack" star as two insecure movie stars, whose recent movies have collapsed since they split up in real life. Its up to publicist "Billie Crystal" and Kiki "Julia Roberts" to make it look like they are back together, in order to sell the latest film by an eccentric director Kubrick "Christopher Walken". Kiki, Gwens personal assistant/sister slowly realises her relationship with Eddie is more than just friendship. Categorized as a romantic comedy, it's hardly ever romantic and only occasionally funny. The jokes comprise of one liners written by and for Billie Crystal's character. So if you are looking for any side-splitting humour it really isn't there. And it really is hard to see which parts of the film are romantic after Eddie is caught franticly 'spanking the monkey' outside his ex-wife's apartment. The main part of the film is based around the press junket or 'hoonket' as Gwen's Spanish lover would pronounce it. As the film showing approaches and it has still not arrived at the studio, Crystal (the publicist) attempts to take the press's minds off the film. By setting the stars up in awkward situations, one ending in a comic punch up between Eddie and the Spaniard. The jokes are genuinley amusing but nothing memorable. I wouldn't mind watching it again but, wouldn't rush out to buy it on DVD. It wont be winning oscars any time soon, but its good entertainment. Definitley worth watching. Read on if you want info on the individual characters. ***********The Characters*********** ---Julia Roberts - Kiki--- The sister to Gwen and also her assistant, she is not really the usual Julia Roberts, and for the first time ever doesn't star in the film. She is forced to wear a fat suit in some of the flashbacks. And has lost 60lbs when the movie begins. She really acts like Julia Roberts while having dinner with Eddie, until Gwen barges in. ---Catherine-Zeta-Jones - Gwen--- Well sexy as ever she plays the bitchy, whiney, pampered movie star who believes that the world revolves around her. She really doesn't seem to care about anyone's feelings as long as she looks good in front of the press, but she ends up the looser as she becomes a laughing stock at the end of the film. ---John Cusack - Eddie--- After attempting to murder his ex wife and boyfriend after the break-up, he starts off in a sort of spiritual enlightenment centre in the mountains. Convinced to come back into the public eye he arrives at the Junket confused. He plays an insecure, crazy sort of movie star who nearly dies in front of the press as Crystal knocks him off the roof. ---Billy Crystal - Publicist--- The main culprit for causing all the insanity in the film, Crystal gets about 90% of the jokes in the film. But he is as witty and as funny as ever. Also not caring about the movie stars and treating them as puppets to play with. He releases an embracing tape of Eddie.

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                          29.10.2001 02:52
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                          This film has the feel of an independent movie but boasts a stella cast. How, you may ask. Because it's a got a great script, and you can't ask for more than that. America's Sweethearts is a lighthearted romp through Hollywood's darker side. John Cusak shines as the schizophrenic soon-to-be-ex-husband of Catherine Zeta Jones's character, Gwyn, a self-satisfied prima donna with a nasty side previously hidden from her adoring public. This is a film far more appreciated by those who already know a little about the ins and outs of the movie industry, but still has enough jokes that the common movie-going public can laugh alongside the rest of us. Billy Crystal's character is my own favourite, the hard-done-by movie publicist who suspends his morals for the good of the film, often to extreme comic effect. This is a real scorcher, not unexpected, I suppose, from such a strong cast, but thoroughly effective. My only gripe is with this film's publicity, which really didn't put through the quirky, in-joke nature of the film, but pimped it to an audience who may well be dissappointed by the lack of schmaltz. If you like alternative comedy and have even an inkling of the whole sordid hollywood process, you should love this. I did.

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                            27.10.2001 06:37
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                            Updated: - I have updated this op in order to give some more info outside the spoiler section. Hope you like it. :) ---------------------------------------- Looking at the credits of this movie (Co-Written by Billy Crystal, Co-Produced by Billy Crystal, Starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Billy Crystal, Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Hank Azaria) you really expect something good and..... well, you actually get it! :-) The movie is fun and witty. The actors play their parts convincingly and the direction is good. There are quite a lot of jokes that usually make you laugh. The ones that don't make you laugh are so obvious that it makes me think that Billy Crystal put them in with that intention. The cinema was half full with the mix of the sexes being about 60/40 (60% women). Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the movie – women laughing at more parts of the movie then the men. The basic story is that a couple “America’s Sweethearts” had made many movies and they were hugely successful because they represented the good, wholesome American values of family. That couple was Gwen (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Eddie (John Cusack). But then they split up and that resulted in Eddie not making any more movies and all of Gwen’s movies flopping at the box office. The last movie that they had made together is being released, so the studio calls in the help of the spin meister Lee (Billy Crystal). Lee's job is to make sure this movie is successful and for that he needs to get Eddie & Gwen to at least look like they still enjoy each other's company. Julia Roberts plays Kiki, Gwen's sister. All she does is take care of Gwen. Get her breakfast, massage her, feed her dog, carry her flowers, etc. All the actors have done a good job. Billy Crystal comes across as a truly insensitive a-hole that would sell his mother to make sure this movie is publicised successfully. Catherine Zeta Jones play s her part of the spoilt bitch to perfection. You immediately feel sorry for Kiki and Julia Roberts is convincing with the characterisation. John Cusack on the other hand has also done a good job with Eddie, playing someone “on the edge” (mentally that is) “that can go either way”. And finally Hank Azaria has done a great job of the Spanish lover boy who is more confident than Sylvester Stallone in Rocky! The movie sets the tone that this is not a “serious” take on life from the start, so you do not get a false sense that you are watching something that is supposed to have a deep meaning. It is a romantic comedy with lots of slapstick and good jokes delivered properly. The setting is the Hyatt hotel in Nevada and the product placement is extremely obvious. Hyatt hotels got a great advertisement. Spoiler Section -------------------- Gwen is a complete spoilt b*tch. There is no other way to put it. Ever since her split from Eddie (she cheated on him with a Spanish guy called Hector and lives with Hector now) her movies have flopped. She needs to release a good movie otherwise she'll be out of the entertainment industry. Eddie on the other hand has taken things far worse. He is in one of those rehabilitation places where the guru's quote ancient language that they don't even know the meaning of! He loves Gwen and wants her back. Kiki is Gwen’s sister and does everything for her. Gwen is very jealous of everyone around her, including Kiki. So she makes Kiki’s life hell! The studio has not had a decent movie release for a while and to make sure they are successful the manager has decided that the latest “America’s Sweethearts” movie should be directed by Hal Weidmann, the legendary Hollywood director. What they didn’t count on is that Hal has decided that he is not going to let the studio chiefs see the movie until the press junkets. So, Lee has to keep all the journalists pre-occupied, so that they don't get smart about there being no movie. He is also there to make sure that the movie is a great hit – assuming there is a movie of course. The best way to achieve both these tasks is to create lots of publicity. And that's what would happen if people thought America’s Sweethearts were to get back together... Watchout for the scene with the Doberman! :) -------------------------------- Overall it was an enjoyable movie and I do recommend it to everyone. I am sure I'll watch it again once it comes out on DVD/video. Enjoy!

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                              22.10.2001 19:07
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                              I was dragged to see this film with less enthusiasm that of a cow going to the slaughter house but my friend said it was going to be good so I finally gave in to her, even though the only reason behind her wanting to see the film was to see her fancy man John Cusack. What we men have to do for a quiet life. Even with that pending, I had to admit that this time she was right compared to last times nightmare of Angel Eyes where she was most defiantly wrong. Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal) is a publicist who has the unenviable task of getting Eddie Thomas (John Cusack) and Gwen Harrison (Catherine Zeta Jones) back together to do a juncture (a sort of press release/viewing of the film) for a huge film release which is Billy Crystals' characters boss' last chance. This is aggravated by the fact that the couple (Gwen and Eddie) were actually the film sweethearts of America, thus the film's title. This was both on and off the film set with Americans loving every moment off it. The main problem was that Gwen had an affair with a Spanish man and the public took a disliking and as a result the last few films that Gwen did bombed. Poor old Eddie was packed off to a mental hospital after he tried to kill Gwen and her Spanish lover. So it's up to Eddie with Gwen's sisters, Kiki Harrison (Julia Roberts) to get the couple together, or at the very minimal to get them to appear at the juncture and appear togetherish. This is where the fun starts and the understandable reluctance from Gwen and Eddie to interact with each other. I'm not gong to reveal more of the plot because you should really go and see it. The film has many humorous moments, from Gwen's unpleasant interview, the cactus incident, the golf ball, the Spanish accent to the roof suicide piece. There are some very clever plot twists as Billy Crystals character uses any means at all to get the maximum exposure for the up and coming film, helped in some circumstan ces by Kiki and his assistant Danny Wax (Seth Green of Buffy fame). The acting by Roberts is brilliant, she steals the show and for an actress of her quality to play a dowdy sister seems to insufficient, she is well to beautiful to ever be dowdy and unfortunately it shows. Crystal and Cusack are equally believable and are obvious quality. The supporting cast are great and the quality throughout the cast seems to be unending. However, Zeta Jones on the other hand was not as good and I found her to be less than believable on numerous occasions, sometimes stiff and unplausible. Even if she is a complete babe. The plot is reasonable and it's the humour that steals the show, brilliantly written in places with excellent locations and some nice costumes, especially that red dress that Zeta Jones wears. American Sweethearts is a humorous original and eventful film that will not take you on a rollacoster of emotions but will make you laugh and smile. Favourite moment: The cactus situation, incredibly funny, and not what your thinking either. Character list:- Kiki Harrison : Julia Roberts Lee Phillips : Billy Crystal Gwen Harrison : Catherine Zeta-Jones Eddie Thomas : John Cusack Hector : Hank Azaria Dave Kingman : Stanly Tucci Hal Weidmann : Christopher Walken Danny Wax : Seth Green Directed by: Joe Roth Producers: Susan Arnold, Donna Arkoff Roth and Billy Crystal Executive Producers: Peter Tolan, Charles Newirth Written by: Billy Crystal, Peter Tolan Running time : 100 minutes Official web site : http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/americassweethearts/

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                              Estranged former lovers and movie superstars Catherine Zeta-Jones, and John Cusack are brought together again to promote their final film together. What follows is a lot of in-fighting and pampering of wounded egos by the minders, Julia Roberts and Billy Chrystal. However, there might be a few surprises in store and even movie stars don't always get everything they want...