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She's So Lovely (1997)

She's So Lovely (1997)

She's So Lovely



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In this humor-laced drama, late director/screenwriter John Cassavettes meditates on the potency of first love. Raw passion motivates Eddie to violently avenge the rape of Maureen. After spending a decade in an institution Eddie is released and finds Maureen married to Joey. Thus forms a volatile romantic triangle.more
Rating: R (for strong language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Cassavetes
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On DVD: Nov 14, 2000


Sean Penn
as Eddie
Robin Wright
as Maureen
Debi Mazar
as Georgie
Gena Rowlands
as Miss Green
Chloe Webb
as Nancy Swearingen
James Bozian
as Intern No. 1
Paul Johansson
as Intern No. 2
Justina Machado
as Lady Ticket Taker
Tito Larriva
as Lead Singer
Tony Marsico
as Band Member
Ilya Brodsky
as Taxi Driver
Burt Young
as Lorenzo
Clayton Landey
as Attendant No. 1
Jason O'Malley
as Attendant No. 2
John Cundari
as Cop No. 2
Noon Orsatti
as Cop No. 3
Nina Barry
as Helen Caldwell
Chris Kinkade
as Security Guard
Lester Matthews
as Black Dude
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Critic Reviews for She's So Lovely

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (16)

Based on Cassavetes pere script, this Cassavetes fils meditation on love and madness is a truly curioisity item, lacking the master's profound ideas and rich subtext; 20 years ago, it would have starred Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Top Critic

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

An acting exercise, and an intriguing and entertaining one at that.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007

Dreadful attempt at romantic comedy

June 21, 2005
Film Journal International

Better than it oughta be, but not much more than a wacky character sketch.

November 28, 2003
New Times

Despite some performance moments to savor, the film can't pay tribute to Cassavetes Sr. without disclosing its own vast inferiority.

August 17, 2003
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Audience Reviews for She's So Lovely


It's been said before but I'll say it again here..this movie likely suffers because the elder Cassavettes didn't have the chance to film it. Cassavettes had a knack for bringing out great humanity out of his actors. I don't think his son succeeds here.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The first half of this film plays out so ideally that I expected it to be a favorite. It falters a lot more in the second half, but it's a totally satisfying movie overall. It draws its audience into a strangely orchestrated story and takes them into genuinely unexpected places. The characters are well-drawn and interesting, and Cassavetes' direction has a nice texture to it. However, this is an actor-driven movie, and these actors are up to the challenge of carrying it. Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta and especially Sean Penn are all brilliant here. Really stunning performances.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer


Leo L

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