Heartbreak Hospital (2002)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Average Rating: 3.3/10
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Neely (Chelsea Altman) is a struggling actress living in New York. Her Mexican boyfriend, Tonio (Demian Bechir), is a cook who's trying to sell his own line of pasta sauces. Lottie (Patricia Clarkson), her eccentric neighbor, is obsessed with a soap opera, "Heartbreak Hospital." Frustrated with her inability to get work, Neely accepts Tonio's proposal of marriage, and plans to honeymoon with him in Mexico. On their way to the airport, she stops to say goodbye to her acting teacher, who tells her
Sep 6, 2002 Wide
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Other than a mildly engaging central romance, Hospital is sickly entertainment at best and mind-destroying cinematic pollution at worst.
The director, with his fake backdrops and stately pacing, never settles on a consistent tone.
It's quite diverting nonsense.
An excruciating demonstration of the unsalvageability of a movie saddled with an amateurish screenplay.
Unfortunately, Heartbreak Hospital wants to convey the same kind of haughtiness in its own sketchy material but this territory has already been explored previously with better aplomb and sardonic wit.
This derivative flick cops too much from much-better films like Tootsie, Nurse Betty and Soapdish.
The film's tone and pacing are off almost from the get-go.
You've already seen Heartbreak if you've watched the far superior Nurse Betty or Sunset Boulevard. Even the unwatchable Soapdish is more original.
Desperately unfunny when it tries to makes us laugh and desperately unsuspenseful when it tries to make us jump out of our seats.
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