Honeysuckle Rose Reviews

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broadwaymo
Super Reviewer
May 11, 2007
Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving & Slim Pickens star in the story of road life with country music star, Buck Bonham. Fun movie with a great soundtrack.
May 1, 2007
Willie Nelson is the star, when did he ever let ya down? One of my top ten favorite movies of all time.
February 11, 2014
Like a good country song, "Honeysuckle Rose" rolls out all the familiar cliches making for a predictable yet comfortable film that nevertheless doesn't offer up a single surprise along the way. It deals with drinking, music and infidelity and features the acting debut of country superstar Willie Nelson.

He gives a laid-back, likable and natural performance, mostly because he's playing a thinly veiled variation on himself, so it's kind of a stretch to call what he does here "acting". The film features some of the best music he's recorded as a singer, and the songs are easily the best thing about this easy-going picture. In fact, there are times during this movie's second half where the paper-thin plot almost gets in the way of the enjoyable concert footage.

The story is just a vehicle to drive the picture to the next musical number, and all of the conflicts along the way are wrapped up in a tidy, convenient manner in the end. Nelson's co-star Dyan Cannon has some good moments here as his long-suffering wife, but young Amy Irving is terribly miscast as his love interest. She was seemingly cast solely on the basis of her looks. She has a nice singing voice but her performance consists mostly of staring at Willie adoringly in a manner that he mostly ignores until the end when she's completely forgotten about in favor of a happy ending.

The music is the best (and some would argue, the only) reason to see "Honeysuckle Rose", a routine but slightly entertaining country song come to life. It's Willie's show all the way.
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