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Mad Love (1995)

Mad Love (1995)

Mad Love



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A lonely teenager thinks that he's found love, but it turns out to be more than he bargained for. Matt Leland (Chris O'Donnell) is an intelligent but awkward high school student who is in the market for a girlfriend but not having much luck finding one. One night, while looking at the stars through his telescope, Matt accidentally trains his vision on Casey Roberts (Drew Barrymore), a high-spirited girl who lives on the other side of the lake near their home. Matt is smitten with her, and he maps out a scheme to meet her. He finds her brash and charming, and she seems just as fond of him. However, Matt doesn't know that Casey is manic depressive and has been in and out of mental institutions for most of her life. Her father Richard (Jude Ciccolella) wants to keep her in an institution, while her mother Margaret (Joan Allen) wants the best for her daughter but isn't sure what that is. Casey, however, wants to be with Matt, and she convinces him that her parents mean to harm her. They run away, planning to go to Mexico, but Matt begins to realize that Casey's mood swings are more serious than he imagined. Set in Seattle, Mad Love features an on-screen appearance by the Washington-based all-female hard rock band 7 Year Bitch; the soundtrack also features music by Nirvana, Luscious Jackson, Los Lobos, Cracker, and Grant Lee Buffalo.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Paula Milne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2000
Buena Vista


Joan Allen
as Margaret
Kevin Dunn
as Clifford
Elaine Miles
as Housekeeper
Sharon Collar
as Librarian
Patrick Ryals
as Vice Principal
Angela Hall
as Dr. Laura Genel
Todd Sible
as Bartender
Pedro Garcia
as Mechanic
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Critic Reviews for Mad Love

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (20)

Though well-acted by Chris O'Donnell and Drerw Barrymore, this is yet another version of amour fou and love on the run that makes little sense and fails to reach the heart.

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
Top Critic

Almost dreadful enough to spark reassessment of Brooke Shields in Endless Love.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 18, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 9, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

August 31, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mad Love


Great title, but a pathetic tale of a high school senior drawn like a moth to a flame to manic-depressive Drew Barrymore, whose performance is little more than an annoying twitch.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

dull and pointless

Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer


As I watched it the first time, I was ecstatic. As I continue to watch it now and then, I am still captivated enough. Great music, especially with "the waterskiing" scene using Nirvana's Love Buzz". Fantastic song!!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Mad Love Quotes

Casey Roberts: I don't want to be sick anymore, okay?
Matt Leland: You don't have to.
Casey Roberts: I don't want to live like this!
Matt Leland: You don't have to!
Casey Roberts: They'll lock me up.
Matt Leland: No... no, I'm not gonna let 'em... alright? But you can't do this yourself. Neither can I... I tried, okay? I can't do it.
Casey Roberts: Well then go... if it's too much for you to handle.
Matt Leland: I can handle it, alright? I mean I'm here, aren't I? I'm here right now! I'm not leaving!
– Submitted by Scarlett Roberson M (3 years ago)
Matt Leland: You think I'm crazy?
Casey Roberts: You're asking me?
– Submitted by Scarlett Roberson M (3 years ago)

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