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America’s Sweethearts (Rated PG-13)

Starring:  Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and John Cusack

Directed by:  Joe Roth

Synopsis:  Gwen and Eddie are America’s Sweethearts — the country’s favorite couple on-screen and off.  But when their very public romance turns into a very private breakup, only veteran press agent Lee and Gwen’s assistant Kiki can help Gwen and Eddie show some love while they promote their last film together.  But the press junket is in a resort hotel miles from anywhere, and while Lee and Kiki frantically try to keep the media away from the real story — and keep Gwen and Eddie from revealing their secret — Kiki finds something entirely unexpected in this romantic comedy about true love, happily ever after and other Hollywood endings.

My Thoughts:  Two men vying for one woman’s attention?  That has NEVER happened to me or if it did I was completely oblivious to it.  This is by no means a new movie.  It was released in 2001, but it continuously shocks me that so many people haven’t seen it.  Julia Roberts rarely has a bad performance and I loved her character in this movie.  She was quite funny and charming (sort of reminiscent of Pretty Woman, minus the whole hooker thing).  Catherine Zeta-Jones’ portrayal of Gwen was spot on.  She was an excellent bratty, spoiled actress and I’m guessing she had fun with the role.  Billy Crystal was adorable and added another comedic element that thankfully was not over the top.  As for John Cusack, his acting wasn’t too bad.  But his kissing scenes were awful!  They were cringe worthy moments; it was more than obvious that he was acting.  Now some people are probably thinking, “duh, it’s a movie.  It’s kind of his job to act.”  That’s true, but you should be able to tell.  You should be so into a movie that you forget that these characters are actors that are probably nothing like said characters.  John Cusack did not achieve this in my opinion.  Overall, I am a fan of America’s Sweethearts and would not hesitate to recommend it.  So go get a copy and enjoy this light romantic comedy!

4 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets

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