Unconditional Love (2002)

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What's a middle-aged woman to do when her husband walks out on her and her favorite pop star is murdered by a serial killer? Writer/director P.J. Hogan explores this and many other pressing questions in Unconditional Love, a comic murder-mystery he devised with his wife and co-screenwriter, Jocelyn Moorhouse. Their heroine, Grace Beasly (Kathy Bates), finds her placid Midwestern life turned upside down after she loses both of the aforementioned men in her life: her husband (Dan Aykroyd) and the Tom Jones-like, Welsh singing star Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce), whom she unabashedly worships. After Fox's death, Grace impetuously flies to England for his funeral. Paying an uninvited visit to his countryside estate, she discovers Dirk Simpson (Rupert Everett), Fox's longtime, secret live-in lover, who's also in a state of shock following the senseless murder. Together, the two team up, traveling back to the Windy City to find the infamous "Crossbow Killer" who took Fox's life. After receiving a fall 2002 release in the U.K., Unconditional Love had its U.S. premiere on the Starz network in August 2003. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
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New Line Cinema

Cast

Kathy Bates
as Grace Beasley
Rupert Everett
as Dirk Simpson
Dan Aykroyd
as Max Beasley
Jonathan Pryce
as Victor Fox
Julie Andrews
as Herself
Barry Manilow
as Himself
Peter Sarsgaard
as Window Washer
Stephanie Beacham
as Harriet Fox-Smith
Richard Briers
as Barry Moore
Marcia Warren
as Linette Fox-Moore
Dan Wyllie
as Pete
Mark Finney
as Executive
Greg Pitts
as Officer Hogan
Eyal Podell
as Officer Whitcher
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Critic Reviews for Unconditional Love

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A misconceived comedy that despite a warmly empathetic performance from Kathy Bates, never makes its characters' unorthodox chemistry gel.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
Variety
Top Critic

Part fantasy, part mystery, part women's melodrama, part musical, but not satisfying on any of these levels.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

An enjoyable little film, certainly a cut above the direct-to-video treatment its getting

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
Dark Horizons

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Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

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December 6, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

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October 1, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Unconditional Love

½

At times the humour is so painfully inept and clumsy, it renders whole segments totally surreal and extremely embarrassing to watch: Julie Andrews' cameo, which was initially amusing but it quickly overplayed it's welcome so that when she turns up a second time with the same joke you want to scream "Why??!!"; Everitt faux wanking a gun in a glittering blue suit; the whole crossbow killer storyline that made no sense whatsoever; the insane chat show ending complete with Barry Manilow!! But, for some reason I kept watching and did actually laugh out loud on occassion. And I loved the joky references to 'Don't Look Now' Not quite good enough to qualify as a guilty pleasure but fun just the same. I just can't imagine wanting to watch it again

William Sleet
William Sleet

Super Reviewer

½

Very funny movie with a silly fun premise.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

A very entertaining,absurd comedy with some very touching moments. I loved it!

Audrey Lush
Audrey Lush

Super Reviewer

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