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Mad Love (1995)



Critic Consensus: Mad Love tries to juggle mental illness with meet-cute, and the end result is a misguided rom-com whose sparks resolutely fail to fly.

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A lonely teenager thinks that he's found love, but it turns out to be more than he bargained for. Matt Leland (Chris O'Donnell) is an intelligent but awkward high school student who is in the market for a girlfriend but not having much luck finding one. One night, while looking at the stars through his telescope, Matt accidentally trains his vision on Casey Roberts (Drew Barrymore), a high-spirited girl who lives on the other side of the lake near their home. Matt is smitten with her, and he maps out a scheme to meet her. He finds her brash and charming, and she seems just as fond of him. However, Matt doesn't know that Casey is manic depressive and has been in and out of mental institutions for most of her life. Her father Richard (Jude Ciccolella) wants to keep her in an institution, while her mother Margaret (Joan Allen) wants the best for her daughter but isn't sure what that is. Casey, however, wants to be with Matt, and she convinces him that her parents mean to harm her. They run away, planning to go to Mexico, but Matt begins to realize that Casey's mood swings are more serious than he imagined. Set in Seattle, Mad Love features an on-screen appearance by the Washington-based all-female hard rock band 7 Year Bitch; the soundtrack also features music by Nirvana, Luscious Jackson, Los Lobos, Cracker, and Grant Lee Buffalo.

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Joan Allen
as Margaret
Kevin Dunn
as Clifford
Elaine Miles
as Housekeeper
Sharon Collar
as Librarian
Patrick Ryals
as Vice Principal
Angela Hall
as Dr. Laura Genel
Todd Sible
as Bartender
Pedro Garcia
as Mechanic
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Critic Reviews for Mad Love

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

Though well-acted by Chris O'Donnell and Drerw Barrymore, this is yet another version of amour fou and love on the run that makes little sense and fails to reach the heart.

August 21, 2006 | Rating: C
Top Critic

The movie deals seriously with mental illness, and also with that overwhelming mental and physical condition known as being a teenager in love.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Almost dreadful enough to spark reassessment of Brooke Shields in Endless Love.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4
Top Critic

Despite the old-fashioned ideology, at least Mad Love is good to look at.

March 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Love


Great title, but a pathetic tale of a high school senior drawn like a moth to a flame to manic-depressive Drew Barrymore, whose performance is little more than an annoying twitch.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

dull and pointless

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer


As I watched it the first time, I was ecstatic. As I continue to watch it now and then, I am still captivated enough. Great music, especially with "the waterskiing" scene using Nirvana's Love Buzz". Fantastic song!!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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