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Speechless (1994)

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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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    MGM Home Entertainment

Cast

Ernie Hudson
as Ventura
Ray Baker
as Garvin
Mitchell Ryan
as Wannamaker
Steve Gonzales
as Jim Rodriguez
Jodi Carlisle
as Doris Wind
Cynthia Mace
as Michelle Hortz
Steve Gonzalez
as Jim Rodriguez
John Link Graney
as Fresh Faced Kid
Yasmine Abdul-Wahid
as Female Student
Mickey Cottrell
as Debate Moderator
Cris Franco
as Messenger
Brad Blaisdell
as Bartender
Heather Medway
as Make-up Girl
Robert Figueroa
as Cab Driver
Tim Perez
as Robert Gonzalez
Michelle Holden
as Beth Yeats
Tony Genaro
as Truck Driver
Michael McCarty
as Veterinerian
Brendon Chad
as Truck Driver's Son
Mary Pat Gleason
as Desk Clerk
Will Nye
as Security Guard
Rob LaBelle
as Security Guard
Richard Schiff
as Sound Technician
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Critic Reviews for Speechless

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

Never achieves the madcap hilarity of the '40s romantic comedies it seeks to emulate, and some of the dramatic moments feel a bit forced.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Mugging to an unfunny script, Keaton and Davis are no Tracy and Hepburn, and the funereal pace doesn't help.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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
New York Times
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The movie's a campaign disaster from the get-go, and no amount of damage control (including MGM's extensive publicity) can hide it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Speechless is overplotted and underwritten. Every situation is straight out of stock, with no room for variation or originality.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for Speechless

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 Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

½

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

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
Moe E

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