De Niro and Fonda star as Stanley & Iris in a film about the challenges of living with illiteracy. The performances, especially de Niro‚??s, are very good ‚?? de Niro epitomized the stubborn male unwilling to ask for help. I can‚??t see how you wouldn't enjoy the sweet romance brewing between the unlikely couple including Stanley taking Iris for rides on his bike. The film appears quite dated ‚?? while watching, I even guessed it was made around 1980 rather than its 1989 release. I also felt the story went too far with the success Stanley achieved with his newfound literacy. I also thought the story could have delved deeper into Iris‚?? past notably the effect that her late husband's passing had on her.