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For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki, being the personal assistant to a beautiful megastar like Gwen isn't easy. At first it seems her biggest challenge is to keep the peace between Eddie and Gwen and their public image intact, but soon Kiki is faced with a more personal concern as her longtime friendship with Eddie begins to take romantic turn.
Julia Roberts THE MEXICAN, ERIN BROCKOVICH, RUNAWAY BRIDE John Cusack HIGH FIDELITY, CRADLE WILL ROCK Catherine Zeta-Jones TRAFFIC, THE HAUNTING, ENTRAPMENT Billy Crystal GET BRUCE, ANALYZE THIS, MY GIANT Hank Azaria MYSTERY ALASKA, MYSTERY MEN, GODZILLA
PROFANITY: Frequent use of mild profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual sight gags and verbal innuendo. VIOLENCE: One brief fight scene. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Broad slapstick, wisecracks, some crude sex jokes.
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Review Below Average "A miasma of vanity envelops America's Sweethearts where
wit ought to reign. It clings, this stink of smug preening. And it depresses:
Why can't some of the most celebrated and highest paid movie stars in the world,
two of the industry's sharpest comic writers, and a studio chief who left his
aerie at Walt Disney in a blaze of publicity to start his own freewheeling shop
smell the difference between parody and posturing?''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Very Good "To date, America's Sweethearts represents the best
non-animated fare that Hollywood has been able to serve up this summer. It is
viewed as a form of "counter-programming", but the movie has a little
of something (except flatulence) to satisfy just about everyone. It is well
cast, smartly written, and effectively directed''
Review Average ""A
merica's Sweethearts" recycles "Singin' in the Rain" but lacks
the sassy genius of that 1952 musical, which is still the best comedy ever made
The Hollywood Reporter
"America's Sweethearts racks up enough laughs so you have no qualms
about calling it funny. Yet the film leaves you shaking your head over a lost
opportunity to make a really great comedy. ..most scenes leave you wanting more
-- more sting, more bite, more bitchiness, more lunacy.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These certainly aren't the highest reviews I've seen, but they aren't bad. I can recommend "America's Sweethearts" since approximately 50% of moviegoers indicated that they enjoyed it very much. The remaining 50% rated it on the low side, but not too low. They at least enjoyed it somewhat. Chances are good that you will also enjoy it, you just may not love it.
When you see this many opinions of "Good/Avg." and lower, it's not the greatest. It indicates a movie that people enjoyed, but not all that much. It's probably not a movie you're going to rush to tell your friends to see, but you probably wouldn't discourage them from seeing it.
For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki (Julia Roberts), being the
personal assistant to a beautiful megastar like Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones)
isn't easy. But when she dutifully accepts the task of helping Gwen and her
estranged megastar husband Eddie (John Cusack) make it through one last public
appearance masterminded by legendary press agent Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal),
forever devoted Kiki finds that her job is about to get even harder.
At first it seems her biggest challenge is to keep the peace between Eddie
and Gwen and their public image intact, but soon Kiki is faced with a more
personal concern as her longtime friendship with Eddie begins to take romantic