She's So Lovely (1997)

She's So Lovely (1997)



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Written by the late John Cassavettes in 1987 and filmed by his son Nick a decade later, the comic drama She's So Lovely (originally and more appropriately titled She's De Lovely in honor of the Cole Porter composition central to the movie) stars real-life couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright-Penn as Eddie and Maureen, a young husband and wife whose relationship is strained by Eddie's frequently irrational behavior. When a run-in with a slimy neighbor (James Gandolfini) leaves the pregnant Maureen beaten and bruised, Eddie goes on the warpath, and his violent actions land him in a mental institution. Upon his release a decade later, he discovers Maureen has remarried (to a construction manager portrayed by John Travolta), had two more kids, and moved to the suburbs. Regardless, he resolves to win her back. A kind of reworking of the Cassavetes Sr. masterpiece A Woman Under the Influence, She's So Lovely marked the second film directed by Nick after Unhook the Stars.
R (for strong language and some violence)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Sean Penn
as Eddie
Robin Wright
as Maureen
Debi Mazar
as Georgie
Gena Rowlands
as Miss Green
Susan Traylor
as Lucinda
Bobby Cooper
as Cooper
Chloe Webb
as Nancy Swearingen
James Bozian
as Intern No. 1
Paul Johansson
as Intern No. 2
Justina Machado
as Lady Ticket Taker
Tito Larriva
as Lead Singer
Tony Marsico
as Band Member
Ilya Brodsky
as Taxi Driver
Burt Young
as Lorenzo
Neil Barry
as Mario
Clayton Landey
as Attendant No. 1
Jason O'Malley
as Attendant No. 2
John Cundari
as Cop No. 2
Noon Orsatti
as Cop No. 3
Nina Barry
as Helen Caldwell
Chris Kinkade
as Security Guard
Lester Matthews
as Black Dude
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Critic Reviews for She's So Lovely

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Based on Cassavetes pere script, this Cassavetes fils meditation on love and madness is a truly curioisity item, lacking the master's profound ideas and rich subtext; 20 years ago, it would have starred Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk.

Full Review… | November 30, 2006
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for She's So Lovely

An eccentric walk on the wild side with amazing performances by Sean Penn and Robin Wright (who was married to Penn when the film was made).

Googlely Eyed
Googlely Eyed

It's been said before but I'll say it again here..this movie likely suffers because the elder Cassavettes didn't have the chance to film it. Cassavettes had a knack for bringing out great humanity out of his actors. I don't think his son succeeds here.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The first half of this film plays out so ideally that I expected it to be a favorite. It falters a lot more in the second half, but it's a totally satisfying movie overall. It draws its audience into a strangely orchestrated story and takes them into genuinely unexpected places. The characters are well-drawn and interesting, and Cassavetes' direction has a nice texture to it. However, this is an actor-driven movie, and these actors are up to the challenge of carrying it. Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta and especially Sean Penn are all brilliant here. Really stunning performances.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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