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½ April 17, 2017
Unmistakably a Cassavetes picture, shot in that vérité, quasi-improvised style that he made his own, Minnie and Moskowitz follows two odd characters (played by Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, respectively) as they meet and fall in love. If that sounds like straightforward romantic comedy, the actual film is anything but. In Cassavetes' universe, people seem to have serious problems with their emotional regulation. Moskowitz especially runs hot and hot, while Minnie tends toward cool (so much so that she wears her sunglasses indoors and at night). And whether this is a comedy at all is an open question: I found the interactions between people to be predominantly tense, probably because of all the norm violations by Moskowitz. Minnie seems to have a similar reaction but comes around to his honesty and openness. What you see is what you get. Apart from the central duo, we are also treated to a number of bizarre monologues from character actors such as Timothy Carey (a well-known weirdo) and Val Avery - these do verge on the comic. Cassavetes also makes a sly reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey. In other words, the film is looser and less serious than the tougher drama Cassavetes is known for (Faces, A Woman Under the Influence). As it careens to a conclusion, things fall apart a bit, as the actors break character to show the making of the film to have been a fun family affair (Rowlands and Cassavetes, who also makes an appearance as a true heel, were married and their mothers appear in the film).
February 7, 2016
This romantic dramedy is full of Cassavetes' trademark awkward silences. Rowlands is in top form here, and Cassel give an uproarious performance as a ne'er-do-well hippie who falls in love at first sight.
½ July 27, 2015
Minnie Moore (Gena Rowlands) doesn't believe in the movies. As a girl, she fantasized about finding a Prince Charming in the shape of Humphrey Bogart or Clark Gable, living in a fancy house, and having kids the neighborhood could wince in jealousy over. But now Minnie's in her late 30s, fully aware that the man of her dreams probably doesn't exist. She swears that she's gotten used to the fact that reality isn't so rose-colored and things can't always turn out the way you want them to; but once you're a romantic you're always a romantic, and deep down, Minnie still finds herself hopeful that someday her Bogie will arrive on her doorstep.
Seymour Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel) is a free-spirited valet with no great ambitions in life, contented drifting from town to town, from bar to bar, causing ruckuses and speaking his mind. Ponytailed and handlebar-mustached, he has no problem with the judgmental world or his rotten temper, which seems to escalate from zero to sixty through the slightest provocation: bar fights are a norm in his life. But despite the ever mounting flaws that seem to continuously tarnish his character, he's a good man, just a lost one.
By chance, these two misfits meet after Minnie endures a particularly awful date; the man who took her out, a demented widower, nearly assaults her in a parking lot after she flatly rejects him. As if he's magnet for action-packed situations, Seymour flies to the rescue, knocking the date out and speeding away with Minnie in his beat-up pick-up truck. For Seymour, it's love at first sight; but for Minnie, this long-haired, hairy-lipped time-bomb is a red flag, not a Gable. Seymour, however, isn't the kind of guy that gives up a good woman when he sees one. So he spends the rest of "Minnie and Moskowitz" trying to win her over - and with their identical lonely hearts, it might not be so difficult after all.
"Minnie and Moskowitz" is John Cassavetes' warmest film, a quirky romantic comedy frequently raucous (Seymour has a quite a mouth) but also endearing, hopeful, lovable. The characters finding love aren't of Doris Day/Rock Hudson perfection but of damaged confidence, both completely lost in this game called life. It's a rom-com so real it's hard to even call it a rom-com, with the story unforced, the eventual marriage hasty enough to make even us have inhibitions. Minnie and Seymour are not conventionally likable (she's untrustworthy to the irritating max, he's so hot-tempered it's a wonder anyone talks to him), but because they're so much better together, their union is one of rare affection that suggests they really do love each other, though not in the way Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard taught us. Cassavetes dedicated "Minnie and Moskowitz" to the people who married for love, not comfort, and it's a worthy sanctification.
His other films are extraordinarily realistic, mostly telling stories of middle-aged people facing a cruel case of mid-life crisis blues. Here, it's the opposite: the middle-aged people face a cruel case of mid-life crisis blues before they find romance; and after they find their special someone, they are renewed. They become whole again after years of trying to find themselves. With its mostly improvised dialogue and no-holds-barred performances, "Minnie and Moskowitz" should be uncomfortable. But being the voyeur to a trial of love is an easy job, and Cassavetes lets his optimism shine through. Rowlands and Cassel are terrific.
½ March 7, 2015
"What's your take on Cassavetes? Misogynist? Genius? " - Le Tigre.

Based solely on this film I think it would be hard to argue against misogynist.

My least favorite of all of the Cassavetes films I've seen and the one that left the nastiest taste in my mouth.
July 28, 2014
the most realistic love story, tim carey's scene is one of rapid non sequeters
November 15, 2013
Time has not been kind to this experimental film, but it is filled with some magical moments. However, this is a movie that will be most fun for die-hard John Cassavetes fans. Of which I am one.
½ August 17, 2013
A movie about leaving everything you know emotionally and finding yourself in a new place.
July 13, 2013
Possibly the closest John Cassavetes came to directing a screwball comedy. Minnie and Moskowitz is a tale of misfit love, that runs on improv and the director's efficient sense for making micro-budgeted pictures. While Cassavetes casted his usual slew of actors here (AKA family and friends), the film's focal point is on Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassell. The two leads certainly have strong chemistry as this dysfunctional couple, but their performances are occasionally over-the-top, perhaps suggesting Cassavetes didn't entirely know if the film should be humorous, or not. Uneven as it is sometimes, Minnie and Moskowitz is a very pleasing and different film from Cassavetes, and one of his most curious ones as well.
June 1, 2013
Se a maioria dos filmes com a Gena Rowlands nos deixam apaixonados por ela, este é para lhe pedir em casamento.
March 15, 2013
I like this Film ... Beautiful LOVE STORY ...
January 22, 2013
Painful to watch. Painful. And poorly edited.
September 15, 2012
Man, Cassavettes sure does let his actors act. Yeah, they're over the top, but the bleed on film without violence or puncture.
May 8, 2012
Although i liked "Husbands" by Cassavetes better, this movie is still decent. A lot of people seem to think this is a great movie...maybe I need to watch it a second time. Moskowitz to me just didnt seem that believable and got no vibe between Minnie and Moskowitz.
½ April 12, 2012
Romantic comedy that's more quirky than laugh-out-loud funny. I like a romance movie where the story is not rushed. We get a chance to know each member of the couple separately before they meet. Once they do, it's a wild, zany ride to the end. Seymour's mom is a hoot in the restaurant scene.
February 25, 2012
life was simpler back then
January 21, 2012
A difficult film to access because the characters just feel too removed from any notion of common sense and their motivations don't really amount to a hill of beans; that is the point however and all of the characters in this film are a little nuts - apart from Seymour Cassel's Moskowitz who is downright deranged. It has Cassavetes's endearing penmanship all over it and it is genuinely funny in places, but even as a huge fan, I think he's made much better than this. This 'crazy' love story ought not to be your first foray into the writer/director's unique and fascinating work so take a rain check until you decide how you feel about some of his other films; I reckon only true aficionados will get anything out of this.
December 12, 2011
scene: minnie talks to much older gal-pal
July 5, 2011
Vähäeleisyys herättää aitoja tunteita. Mukava elokuva jossa ei paljon tapahdu, mutta johon kyllä uppoutuu.
½ March 28, 2011
Perhaps the most accessible, and endearing example of Cassavetes' cinematic art. The movie is sort of a fairy tale, Cassavetes says; it's dedicated to all the people who didn't marry the person they should have.
½ March 18, 2011
Um conto de fadas moderno sobre peculiaridades do amor numa sociedade hostil. O trabalho dos atores principais e magnifico. Rowlands esta impecavel,dando uma dramaticidade exacerbada a sua frigida personagem. Cassel entrega sua propria personalidade ao papel do agressivo manobrista hippie que se apaixona por minnie.A direcao de Cassavetes se apresenta bastante autentica,com longos planos fechados focando os rostos dos atores durante os dialogos mais tensos.Sequencias que num filme convencional seriam eliminadas sao empregadas. A camera acompanha os personagens incessantemente, semelhantemente a alguns filmes da nouvelle vague. Tais tecnicas potencializam a sensacao de veracidade da obra,nos envolvendo muito mais.
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