It Could Happen to You (1994)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 10
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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3/5
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Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four
Jul 29, 1994 Wide
Oct 30, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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John Louis Fischer
Kay Tong Lim
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George J. Manos
Bowling Team Member #1
Water's Edge Maitre d'
John Norman Thomas
Bergman...really brings home the homage to Capra with the pic's warm, bordering-on-irresistible finale.
Perez has a field day as Muriel, injecting a welcome note of good old-fashioned greed into what is otherwise a relentlessly edifying story.
Sweetness is fine as far as it goes, but this oddball romance could have used a twist of lemon.
Simply and without pandering or insults to your intelligence, the movie delivers more of the old-style pleasures of moviegoing than any other picture in a long while.
Bergman never goes for heavy-handed schmaltz, and the whole movie has the same lighthearted big city spirit as the New York Post headlines that follow the story.
If you're looking for a late summer, "feel good" romantic comedy, there aren't too many around more affable than this one.
...generally comes off as an absolutely charming romantic comedy that benefits substantially from the unequivocal chemistry between its stars.
Writer Jane Anderson is a gifted scenarist who seems constrained by a Hollywood formula which places the happy romantic ending on the horizon like a beacon to stare at for nearly two hours.
Anderson's script manages to be both funny and touching without lapsing into undue sentiment.
Though set at present, this schmaltzy romantic comedy might as well have been set in the 1950s or even 1930s, because at heart it's a Capra comedy celebrating the decency of the "little people."
Best romance ever. Real, genuine characters with real, developed relationships. Not insulting, not cutesy, just wonderful.
Pleasant rags-to-bitches tale, with Fonda shining.
Berggman shows that good-hearted folks get better with money, and evil people get nastier. The message is predictable.
A nice little gem of a summer romantic film that ought to pick up your spirits.
If there's one thing that makes this film really really work, it's the flawless cast.
So-so romantic comedy sunk by the cast
Audience Reviews for It Could Happen to You
- Charlie Lang: Acting is how I put bread on the table.
- Yvonne Biasi: My mom got me this job.
- Muriel Lang: Meow, meow, meow!
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