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She's So Lovely (1997)



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Written by the late John Cassavettes in 1987 and filmed by his son Nick a decade later, the comic drama She's So Lovely (originally and more appropriately titled She's De Lovely in honor of the Cole Porter composition central to the movie) stars real-life couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright-Penn as Eddie and Maureen, a young husband and wife whose relationship is strained by Eddie's frequently irrational behavior. When a run-in with a slimy neighbor (James Gandolfini) leaves the pregnant Maureen beaten and bruised, Eddie goes on the warpath, and his violent actions land him in a mental institution. Upon his release a decade later, he discovers Maureen has remarried (to a construction manager portrayed by John Travolta), had two more kids, and moved to the suburbs. Regardless, he resolves to win her back. A kind of reworking of the Cassavetes Sr. masterpiece A Woman Under the Influence, She's So Lovely marked the second film directed by Nick after Unhook the Stars.

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Sean Penn
as Eddie
Robin Wright
as Maureen
Debi Mazar
as Georgie
Gena Rowlands
as Miss Green
Chloe Webb
as Nancy Swearingen
James Bozian
as Intern No. 1
Paul Johansson
as Intern No. 2
Justina Machado
as Lady Ticket Taker
Tito Larriva
as Lead Singer
Tony Marsico
as Band Member
Ilya Brodsky
as Taxi Driver
Burt Young
as Lorenzo
Clayton Landey
as Attendant No. 1
Jason O'Malley
as Attendant No. 2
John Cundari
as Cop No. 2
Noon Orsatti
as Cop No. 3
Nina Barry
as Helen Caldwell
Chris Kinkade
as Security Guard
Lester Matthews
as Black Dude
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Critic Reviews for She's So Lovely

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (9)

Based on Cassavetes pere script, this Cassavetes fils meditation on love and madness is a truly curioisity item, lacking the master's profound ideas and rich subtext; 20 years ago, it would have starred Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk.

December 1, 2006 | Rating: B-
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What [Nick Cassavetes] understands is that if you want to see true weirdness, you don't look along skid row, where the motives are pretty easy to understand, but out in suburbia, where those green lawns can surround human time bombs.

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

An acting exercise, and an intriguing and entertaining one at that.

January 11, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Dreadful attempt at romantic comedy

June 21, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Better than it oughta be, but not much more than a wacky character sketch.

November 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Despite some performance moments to savor, the film can't pay tribute to Cassavetes Sr. without disclosing its own vast inferiority.

August 17, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for She's So Lovely


It's been said before but I'll say it again here..this movie likely suffers because the elder Cassavettes didn't have the chance to film it. Cassavettes had a knack for bringing out great humanity out of his actors. I don't think his son succeeds here.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The first half of this film plays out so ideally that I expected it to be a favorite. It falters a lot more in the second half, but it's a totally satisfying movie overall. It draws its audience into a strangely orchestrated story and takes them into genuinely unexpected places. The characters are well-drawn and interesting, and Cassavetes' direction has a nice texture to it. However, this is an actor-driven movie, and these actors are up to the challenge of carrying it. Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta and especially Sean Penn are all brilliant here. Really stunning performances.

Mike T.
Mike T.

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