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If Passionada doesn't quite spark its title emotion, the strong chemistry between its charming cast helps make this romantic dramedy a painless proposition.



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Dan Ireland directs the romantic comedy Passionada about the Amontes, a Portuguese-American family living in New Bedford, MA. Celia Amonte (Sofia Milos) mourns the loss of her beloved husband, a fisherman who died at sea. She lives with her teenage daughter, Vicky (Emmy Rossum), and her mother-in-law, Angelica (Lupe Ontiveros). During the day she works as a seamstress in a textile mill, but in the evening she sings sad, melodic fado music. The rebellious Vicky sneaks out at night to go to the casino where she meets the charming British gambler Charlie Beck (Jason Isaacs). They strike a deal with each other: Charlie will teach Vicky how to count cards if she helps him get a date with her mother. Also starring Seymour Cassel as Charlie's friend Daniel.

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Jason Isaacs
as Charles Beck
Sofia Milos
as Celia Amonte
Emmy Rossum
as Vicky Amonte
Lupe Ontiveros
as Angelica Amonte
Seymour Cassel
as Daniel Rasuk
Theresa Russell
as Lois Rasuk
Benjamin Mouton
as Frankie the Pit Boss
Chris Tardio
as Gianni Martinez
Matt Blake
as Security Guard No. 1
Jeff Hennessy
as Security Guard No. 2
Slava Schott
as Russian Mobster No. 1
Tristan Cutler
as Russian Mobster No. 2
Anthero Montenegro
as Joseph Amonte
Alvin Epstein
as Mr. Jaron
Robert Montano
as Father Emmanuel
Robert Pemberton
as Blackjack Dealer
Bill Burr
as Jersey
Cey Jay Jumao-as
as Vicky's Asian Boyfriend
Steven M. Martin
as Poker Dealer
Tom Kemp
as Yankee Bartender
Kelly Dirstine
as Cocktail Waitress
Will Lyman
as Doctor
Dee Nelson
as Mrs. Rieger
Domingos Costa
as Deli Owner
Cedric Crowe
as Dennis Rodman
Russ Vigilante
as Roberto Saverines
Luis Colina
as Anthony
David Martins
as Portuguese Fisherman
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Critic Reviews for Passionada

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  • Goes down smoothly thanks to the trio of lead actors, whose enthusiasm and chemistry help make up for the routine filmmaking.

    Mar 31, 2004
  • Lacks exactly what its title promises, passion, and any real Portuguese flavor.

    Nov 13, 2003
  • Afraid to trust the strength of its simple story, it clutters it up with subplots, some of which seem to have been forgotten in the editing.

    Sep 12, 2003
  • Despite its porn-movie title, this predictable and uninspired romantic drama fizzles like a wet squib.

    Sep 12, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Passionada is not as passionate as you may suspect. It's just a tender story about how opposites attract, and how much the nation is opening toward those who are different.

    Sep 12, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A feel-good romantic comedy without a shred of credibility.

    Sep 11, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Passionada

Nice little movie.

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