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A mix of political satire and a modern take on 1930's-style screwball comedy, this romance from director Ron Underwood was assumed by many to be based on the real-life relationship between liberal political consultant James Carville and conservative commentator Mary Matalin. Michael Keaton stars as Kevin, an insomniac who meets Julia (Geena Davis) in a store late one night as they haggle over the last bottle of sleeping pills. After spending a romantic evening together, Kevin and Julia each discover to their chagrin that the other is a rival speechwriter in a nasty New Mexico senatorial campaign. As the senate race heats up, the bickering pair tries to keep the relationship alive, but then Julia's ex-fiance Baghdad Bob Freed (Christopher Reeve), a network news foreign correspondent, shows up with the intention of renewing their relationship.


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Critic Reviews for Speechless

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

  • This script needed to be completely overhauled before filming began.

    Aug 23, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Never achieves the madcap hilarity of the '40s romantic comedies it seeks to emulate, and some of the dramatic moments feel a bit forced.

    Mar 26, 2009

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic
  • Mugging to an unfunny script, Keaton and Davis are no Tracy and Hepburn, and the funereal pace doesn't help.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Ron Underwood, the director of City Slickers, once again compromises appealing actors and an entertaining premise with a needless overlay of mush.

    May 20, 2003
  • The movie's a campaign disaster from the get-go, and no amount of damage control (including MGM's extensive publicity) can hide it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The level of humor is dialed safely down to the Sitcom setting, which limits what can happen, and how much we can care about it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Speechless

  • Jun 14, 2011
    Watchable. The story is pretty blah depite it's potential. It could have been something really clever but there was very little as far as romance.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2011
    Remember those romantic comedies of old where the plots for the most part were usually entirely dispensible because all that really mattered was the chemistry between the two leads? Well this one reaches for just that high aspiration ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2007
    I caught Speechless early the other evening and found it to be a nice way to wind down from the rigors of the workday. Michael Keeton and Geena Davis had good chemistry together in this light, romantic comedy set in the midst of a political campaign. Kept me entertained for a while, though the ending was a bit too cheesy...
    Moe E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2007
    Cute movie with likable performances by the leads.
    Steve K Super Reviewer

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