Passionada (2003)



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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.
PG-13 (for some sensuality and a conversation about drugs)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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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
Sherry Ham
as Nurse
Charley Broderick
as Club Owner
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
Charles Grady
as Waiter
Luis Colina
as Anthony
David Martins
as Portuguese Fisherman
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Critic Reviews for Passionada

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (18)

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

March 31, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Lacks exactly what its title promises, passion, and any real Portuguese flavor.

November 13, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

September 12, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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

September 12, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A feel-good romantic comedy without a shred of credibility.

September 11, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Passionada

Nice little movie.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A nice movie to watch if you can let your feelings of disbelief be put aside for a while. Actually, I kept thinking Penelope Cruz was in the role that Sofia Milos had.

Charles George
Charles George

Another romance where the leading man is a liar and a cheater at his profession. Must be true that leading ladies like bad boys. This is a simple story of love in a New England town which has a large Portuguese population. Sofia Milos reminded me so much of Madonna in her "La Isla Bonita" days. Jason Isaacs has a way about him that got on my nerves. Emmy Rossum was the factor that made this movie bearable. She broke up the somewhat tediously subdued "passionada" of the other two characters. Her devil-may-care attitude was refreshing and is the only spark in this movie. You wrote this on 10/8/08.

Don Schick
Don Schick

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