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Okay, the movie. Decent, as I said. It's got its problems, as do most things like this. First of all is pace: because the movie is a series of intertwined vignettes, some story lines are naturally more compelling than others. What results is a start-stop-start jolt to the movie that can mostly be forgiven on account of an all-star cast. Second of all is the all-star cast: the cast is ultimately bigger than the film is, which isn't an explicit problem except to a director who believes that every film is the sum of all the stars who make up its parts. In the end, there is a feeling that a lot of the talent was wasted on roles that were too small and too trite. The upside is that in this relatively small film, all of the parts are well acted, which saves a tenuously interwoven film from falling flat on its face. The third, and perhaps most unforgivable, problem is the script: because it is painfully chunky in parts, I imagine it only could have taken one or two read-throughs to realize that when words get stuck in people's mouths, it's because people don't normally talk that way. Well-written dialogue doesn't necessarily translate into being a well-written screenplay, and it kills some parts of the movie that could actually have been fantastic.Read more ›
Joan and Keenan are young fledgling lovers who meet in a nightclub under rather humourous, unique and intriguing circumstances.
Meredith and Trent are battling with the issues involved in middle-aged dating and how to overcome past demons.
Hannah and Paul have been married for years, and are now confronting a crucial turning-point in their not-so-perfect marriage.
Mildred and Mark, a mother-and-son pairing, tear-jerkingly come to terms with the reality of a terminal illness.
Gracie and Roger are using sexual compatibility to disguise emotional loneliness.
And Hugh disguises emotional loneliness in a different way - he ventures out into the world, trying to make something of himself using the only talent he knows.
In essence, the director is to be commended for his skilled use of cinematography, dialogue and music to portray the funny, tender, dramatic and often brutally honest side of love, in all its forms. The actors are by no means amateurs, and bring both depth and realism to their roles.
Overall, most people would be hard-pressed to find flaw with this film. Women and teenage girls will revel in the romance. Men will probably be amused and entertained by the honesty and humour portrayed. And any sentimental soul will probably shed a tear here or there, as they experience the subtle power of this film.Read more ›
"Playing by Heart" is hinged upon a star studded cast and a casually paced but well timed and written script that plays very well emotionally. One cannot help but think that as an ensemble cast, the majority, if not all of the stars of this film, took a significant cut in pay for doing this film, in effect, showing their shared affections for the script.
On to this stellar cast, let's see, in alphabetical order; Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Anthony Edwards, Angelina Jolie, Jay Mohr, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, Jon Stewart and Madeline Stowe, WOW! As expected, it was extremely wonderful to see Gillian Anderson outside of the "Scully" role and it will be nice to see her in future films. As is usual with Angelina Jolie, she presents an entirely different character in this film and displays perfectly the range of her acting skills. Overall kudos goes to the entire cast for their collective performances in this wonderful film about life.
High praise goes to Willard Carroll for having written and directed this charming and extremely enjoyable film! This movie apparently won high critical acclaim when it was in the theaters, and it now deserves as much acclaim as it can from those that count, movie watchers who enjoy well scripted and performed movies! The score plays perfectly to the film as well.Read more ›
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This film is not widely know and is extremely underrated. I can can't watch it over and over. A great story and fantastic cast.Published 15 months ago by Nikki Wills
I can't watch it because there is no closed caption for the hearing impaired. Oh well I guess, I should have not assumed there would be.Published on Dec 27 2013 by vanessa
I have always loved this movie. How can you not love a movie with Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Jillian Anderson AND Ryan Phillipe in itPublished on June 2 2013 by mom of 2 with critters
.....and the screenplay is wonderful as are the actors. There are no fancy camera-angles or MTV editing of high speed(compared to Moulin Rouge and William Shakespeare`s... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Henning Sebastian Jahre
Not many people have heard of this movie, much less seen it, which is odd condsidering the number of well-known actors it stars. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Kristina
This is a warm and touching movie. Often when movies try to tell multiple stories at once it's just confusing but this works so well. Give "heart" a chance.Published on April 5 2004 by Anne Lamont
This movie definitely has a lot of firepower in terms of its stars, the plot lines are interesting, and the characters are appealing. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by B. A. Powell
if you liked love actually, then you probably will also like
this one. There are separate stories being played, each touching
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