It Could Happen to You 1994

It Could Happen to You

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Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) is a simple, kindhearted New York City cop. When he realizes he has no money to tip waitress Yvonne Biasi (Bridget Fonda), Lang offers her half the winnings of his lottery ticket. Amazingly, the ticket happens to be a winner, in the sum of $4 million. True to his word, Lang proceeds to share the prize money with Biasi, which infuriates his greedy wife, Muriel (Rosie Perez). Not content with the arrangement, Muriel begins scheming to take all the money.

Cast & Crew

Nicolas Cage
Charlie Lang
Bridget Fonda
Yvonne Biasi
Rosie Perez
Muriel Lang
Isaac Hayes
Angel Dupree
Victor Rojas
Jesu
Stanley Tucci
Eddie Biasi
Red Buttons
Walter Zakuto
Gary Adelson
Executive Producer
Craig Baumgarten
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Joseph Hartwick
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Critic Reviews for It Could Happen to You

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (10)

  • Bergman...really brings home the homage to Capra with the pic's warm, bordering-on-irresistible finale.

    September 18, 2008

    Brian Lowry

    Variety
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  • Perez has a field day as Muriel, injecting a welcome note of good old-fashioned greed into what is otherwise a relentlessly edifying story.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Sweetness is fine as far as it goes, but this oddball romance could have used a twist of lemon.

    May 12, 2001
  • In the end, It Could Happen to You is a lot like the cop and the waitress: sweet, naive, not too smart, but likable.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The warmth and graciousness apparent in every frame keep this movie touching and sweet.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If you're looking for a late summer, "feel good" romantic comedy, there aren't too many around more affable than this one.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It Could Happen to You

  • Jul 21, 2012
    It Could Happen to You is a delightful romantic comedy that's inspirational and heartwarming. In this New York fairytale, a beat cop promises half of his potential lotto winnings in lieu of a tip; but when he wins, the money brings about a strange and whimsical journey of ups and downs. Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda are charming together and deliver wonderful performances. Rosie Perez however, is as annoying as all get-out. The film does get a bit formulaic at times, and there are issues with the pacing. Yet whatever flaws It Could Happen to You has, it's a lot of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2012
    As cliche as any other romantic comedy movies goes, It Could Happen to You is by far one of my favorite. Forget the realism (although the movie storyline was in fact based on real life case) but we need our own version and this movie provides it. The chemistry between Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda is undeniable, I always liked the old Nic Cage in the 90's. Never watch any of Bridget Fonda's movie before this and who knows she is lovely! Check it out if you like simple loving 90's rom-com! 7.7/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2011
    Charlie Lang (Nicholas Cage) is an honest hard working cop who has modest ambitions and enjoys his life in his local neighbourhood in Queens. When he buys coffee at a local diner he feels bad because he hasn't got enough to leave a tip for the waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) and instead promises to split a lottery ticket if it wins. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=1yoefq" target="_blank"><img src="http://i52.tinypic.com/1yoefq.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> The unbelievable happens and it wins for millions. A man of his word, he splits the prize money and this sets off his money hungry witch of a wife played perfectly by Rosie Perez. The presence of the exaggerated irritating Perez really helps - even if you don't like her you will still have to admit that her greedy character does well to take some of the syrup out of the film and make it a little more enjoyable. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=11i0d4h" target="_blank"><img src="http://i54.tinypic.com/11i0d4h.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2010
    I'm not a Nicholas Cage fan. At all. But in this film he has his act together. He and Bridget Fonda have wonderful chemistry and together create this charming, lovely romance film. Yeah, it's a bit tacky and unrealistic at times, but it's just too pleasant and supremely watchable that it's very hard to dislike it.
    Jay H Super Reviewer

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