The Marrying Man (1991)

The Marrying Man (1991)



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Neil Simon's screenplay begins in 1956 in San Francisco, where singer Vicki Anderson (Kim Basinger) is performing at one of the city's jazz clubs. Recognizing her voice from outside the club, a group of men go in to watch her perform; as they sit at their table, their de facto leader Phil (Paul Reiser) begins relating the tale of Vicki's rocky romance with his friend Charley Pearl (Alec Baldwin). Flashing back to 1948, the film finds toothpaste-heir Charley on the brink of marriage with Adele (Elisabeth Shue), the daughter of Hollywood big-wig Lew Horner (Robert Loggia). Before the wedding, Phil and the gang take Charley to Las Vegas for one last romp as a bachelor; there he meets Vicki, the casino-singer girlfriend of mobster Bugsy Siegel (Armand Assante). Immediately taken, Charley sets his sights on Vicki in spite of his pals' warnings; the couple goes back to her apartment to make love, but Bugsy has been tipped off and catches them in the act. As revenge, Siegel forces them to get married, and their picture makes all the papers. The marriage is quickly annulled, and even though Charley manages to patch things up with Adele and Lew, he sees Vicki again--and remarries her. After the death of his father, Charley takes over his toothpaste empire, and the couple moves to Boston; however, Vicki finds life there too smothering, and walks out. Years later, the couple meets again in Las Vegas and gives marriage a third try; at the expense of Charley's fortune, Vicki resurrects her showbiz career, but her success triggers their third break-up. Finally, the film jumps back to 1956, where Phil and the others greet Charley as he enters the club, again with the intention of proposing marriage to Vicki. And again, she accepts.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Kim Basinger
as Vicki Anderson
Alec Baldwin
as Charley Pearl
Robert Loggia
as Lew Horner
Elisabeth Shue
as Adele Horner
Armand Assante
as Bugsy Siegel
Paul Reiser
as Phil Golden
Fisher Stevens
as Sammy Fine
Peter Dobson
as Tony Madden
Steve Hytner
as George Bouchet
Tim Hauser
as Woody
Carey Eidel
as Cab Driver
Marla Heasley
as Sheila
Karen Medak
as Sherry
Rebecca Staab
as Arlene
Paul Collins
as Butler
Dave Florek
as Gas Attendant
Geof Prysirr
as Bartender
Teresa Gilmore Capps
as Bugsy's Blonde
Alan Mandell
as 1st Justice
Elly Enriquez
as Woo Ling
Joe Guzaldo
as Announcer
Shanti Kahn
as Nurse
Clarke Gordon
as Charley's Father
Joe Bellan
as Waiter
Don Keefer
as 3rd Justice
Jules I. Epstein
as Maitre d'
Kristen Cloke
as Louise
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Critic Reviews for The Marrying Man

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

A stillborn romantic comedy of staggering ineptitude.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

It's hard to spot vintage Neil Simon in his screenplay for this indulgent comedy...

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"The Marrying Man" seems to have died en route from Neil Simon's brain to the movie theater, but exactly where and why is anybody's guess. An autopsy by a professional is in order.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The Marrying Man isn't awful; it's something much less fun - conspicuously mediocre.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Jerry Rees's direction is straight-ahead: In a Neil Simon comedy, you don't jump in, you just try to keep out of the way.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's more juice in the story than I usually expect from Neil Simon; the characters don't just trade one-liners, but get under each other's skins.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Marrying Man

This real life couple should have taken the hint from how lame there romance was in this limp romantic dramedy.

bill secor
bill secor

Not a great movie by any standards, and the performances by Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin were over-acted. Kim Basinger can sing pretty well, but the scenes of her singing were not believable. Predictable and formulaic from the start, the movie was more interesting because of the real-life relationship of these two actors than the actual movie itself.

Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney

Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger help bring fun and lively chemistry to this throwback to classic screwballs comedies in the vein of It Happened One Night and The Philadelphia Story. The story wears thin after a while, but their chemistry and likability carry it through to a happy and enjoyable ending. Simon's screenplay is peppered with the type of throwaway gags that litter the classics it emulates, though it doesn't shy away from expletives and sexual frankness. The miracle of this screenplay is how those R-rated moments are able to slip in without feeling vulgar or intrusive. THe Marrying Man isn't a great romantic comedy, but it's a fun one, especially if you love either or both of these two stars.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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