It Could Happen to You (1994)

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Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four million dollars and, much to Yvonne's surprise, decides to honor the agreement. His action becomes front page news and wins public acclaim, but it doesn't go over nearly so well with Charlie's wife Muriel (Rosie Perez), who has her own plans for the money. Muriel's shallow, greedy behavior disgusts Charlie, who finds himself spending more and more time with Yvonne, developing a friendship that threatens to blossom into something more. Jane Anderson's screenplay stresses the relationship between Charlie and Yvonne's characters over the situation's comic potential; this earnest tone will please romance fans but may disappoint viewers expecting the farcical comedy of writer/director Andrew Bergman's and Cage's previous effort, Honeymoon in Vegas.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Charlie Lang
Bridget Fonda
as Yvonne Biasi
Rosie Perez
as Muriel Lang
Isaac Hayes
as Angel
Charles Busch
as Timothy
Richard Jenkins
as C. Vernon Hale
Vincent Pastore
as Bowling Team Member #1
Ann Dowd
as Carol
Red Buttons
as Walter Zakuto
Ranjit Chowdhry
as Mr Patel
J.E. Freeman
as Sal Bontempo
Mina Bern
as Muriel's Neighbour
Wendell Pierce
as Bo Williams
Merwin Goldsmith
as Bankruptcy Judge
Frank Pellegrino
as Water's Edge Maitre d'
Angel David
as Esteban
Rene Rivera
as Julio
Alan Muraoka
as Television Reporter
Felipe Luciano
as Television Reporter
Ginny Yang
as Mrs. Sun
George J. Manos
as Loto Official
Feiga Martinez
as Jesus' Mom
Anna Lobell
as Korean Deli Customer
John Louis Fischer
as Plaza Bellhop
John Norman Thomas
as Mr Muktananda
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Critic Reviews for It Could Happen to You

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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
Rolling Stone
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The nastiness in the movie feels derived from life, while all the niceness feels canned -- imported from old Jimmy Stewart pictures.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Bergman never goes for heavy-handed schmaltz, and the whole movie has the same lighthearted big city spirit as the New York Post headlines that follow the story.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Simply and without pandering or insults to your intelligence, the movie delivers more of the old-style pleasures of moviegoing than any other picture in a long while.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for It Could Happen to You

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 Hutchinson
Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

½

Based on a true story. A cop gives half a lottery ticket to a waitress in lieu of a tip. He wins $4 million. They are thrown together and become romantically involved. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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½

So sweet. I really liked Fonda in her character here...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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