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A mix of political satire and a modern take on 1930's-style screwball comedy, this romance from director Ron Underwood was assumed by many to be based on the real-life relationship between liberal political consultant James Carville and conservative commentator Mary Matalin. Michael Keaton stars as Kevin, an insomniac who meets Julia (Geena Davis) in a store late one night as they haggle over the last bottle of sleeping pills. After spending a romantic evening together, Kevin and Julia each
Dec 16, 1994 Wide
Dec 26, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
Charles Martin Smith
Frank di Elsi
Mary Pat Gleason
Rob La Belle
Robin Pearson Rose
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Never achieves the madcap hilarity of the '40s romantic comedies it seeks to emulate, and some of the dramatic moments feel a bit forced.
Mugging to an unfunny script, Keaton and Davis are no Tracy and Hepburn, and the funereal pace doesn't help.
Ron Underwood, the director of City Slickers, once again compromises appealing actors and an entertaining premise with a needless overlay of mush.
Speechless is overplotted and underwritten. Every situation is straight out of stock, with no room for variation or originality.
The movie's a campaign disaster from the get-go, and no amount of damage control (including MGM's extensive publicity) can hide it.
Director Ron Underwood demonstrated a knack for comedy in City Slickers, but when it comes to love scenes ... Keaton and Davis might as well be stampeding cows.
Utterly devoid of subtlety and grace, Speechless is a desperate, thrown-together hodgepodge that tries to glide by on the supposedly surefire chemistry of the pairing of Davis and Keaton.
The rivalry never sparks, the pace flags and it seems pointless to enter donkeys in a race designed for thoroughbreds.
Toothless as political satire and bland as romantic comedy.
It comes down to the charms of Keaton and Davis in the end. You like these characters and root for them to score.
This is intelligent romantic comedy of the kind we get all too seldom these days, and the plot is something Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn would have loved in their prime.
Great Cast - pity nothing happens in it.
The movie starts slow but has two or three good laughs. After that it is downhill all the way.
There's no snappy exchange of one-liners, and certainly not the fire that would come onto the screen if the characters bothered to talk about their political convictions.
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