We have seen it before: The movie throws together two individuals (Shirley Maclaine and Nicolas Cage) who could not have been more different and then shows us how they learn to respect each other.
| Original Score: C
Competently executed and entertaining, chiefly due to the first-rate performances of stars Cage and MacLaine.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film is indeed likable. But director Hugh Wilson, who co-wrote the script with Peter Torokvei, just skims the surface of potentially rich territory.
Straightforward but enjoyable comedy that sees Cage and MacLaine going at it hammer and tongs -- although not in that sense.
Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer.
A fun idea, blandly executed
| Original Score: 2/5
Speaks to the universal human yearning for someone to watch over us.
So-so sitcom-like star comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
For the first half-hour, the tension between Cage and MacLaine makes for some truly funny moments, but then it seems as if director Hugh Wilson called a wrap too early.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mr. Cage, once again sounding mock-suave and Elvisy, makes the most of his character's fragile cool.
They should have pulled her detail.
| Original Score: 1/5
A chance to watch two great actors shine in rich, funny, real roles.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
When you get down to it, this film ain't much more than a corny melodrama. Still, it's a really involving, deeply sweet film that just makes you feel good.
I was on set the day they filmed the opera scene.
Comedically challenged piffle. This one hardly even seems to be trying.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Like the role itself, Cage is clearly in service here to a fabled but fading star, and he seldom slips on that second banana.
Enough cannot be said about Cage and MacLaine's performances and their obvious chemistry together -- and it's fair to say that they more than make up for the film's lapses.
It's just two pleasant, well-acted characters with nothing to do.
| Original Score: 5/10
There are a few good jokes, some solid chemistry between the leads, and a little pathos, but it all doesn't add up to very much.
| Original Score: 2/4
What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get.