Las Vegas Film Society

America's Sweethearts

Directed by: Joe Roth
Written by: Billy Crystal & Peter Tolan
Starring: Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones
John Cusack, Seth Green, Hank Azaria, Stanley Tucci
Christopher Walken

It's not everyday we get to see what happens behind the Hollywood scenes. What actors have to go through to promote their films, attending press junkets, and getting asked the same tedious questions. Now in this romantic comedy, we get to see just that.

Gwen Harrison (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie Thomas (John Cusack) were Hollywood's hottest on screen couple. Both have now parted ways, and in the mists of their new movie, producer Kingman (Stanley Tucci) needs to get them back together to promote the film. Kingman gets the help of friend and publicists Lee (Billy Crystal).

Two great actors; Roberts and Cusack are presented here, and Roberts is great! She really lights up the screen with her beauty and charm. Cusack, while a very good actor, does well, but seems like the part isn't really for him.

Other performances are pretty standard, including Christopher Walken, which we normally see him exceeding himself, going over the top, but here he's pretty subdued.

The film doesn't present many laughs until the end of the movie. But Roberts performance makes up for the lack of laughs.

The movie is nice and normal, if you want a break from the energetic movies out right now. But, sadly the movie won't leave a lasting impression on you. I think the a lot of people will enjoy this film, but the people that will mostly like this, are the ones that are the movie fanatics. Since it has to do with the 'inside' of Hollywood.

-John Steffens

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