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America’s Sweethearts


Released 2001 Rating (UK) 12
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s Script Billy Crystal, Peter Tolan
Director Joe Roth
Starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack, Hank Azaria, Stanley Tucci, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Seth Green
Elevator Pitch Two actors who are married to each other and who star together, but are adversarially separated in life are tricked into getting together in a desert hotel where their most recent movie is to be presented to the press. She is doing it with her latest co-star, he is becoming involved with his wife’s sister and both are being manipulated by a clever publicist, motivated by the possibility of getting his job with the production company back.
Content Lots of quite smart dialogue in the typical Billy Crystal style. Almost the whole film spent at a desert hotel, with scenes in the star’s bungalows and bedrooms. No sex or nudity and just a bit of smooching.
A View Well, the critics did not like this at all but it has a fine cast who do their best with what is just a bit of a weak script. It is now 16 years old so if you come across it it will be free or nearly free, and it is not a bad way of spending an hour and a half. It is nothing like the worst film I have seen.

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