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Mr. Wonderful (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 15 October 1993 (USA)
Electrician Gus gets the chance to fulfill a childhood dream by buying an old bowling-alley with some of his friends. Unfortunately, due to the alimony payments he has to make to his ... See full summary »

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Gus
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Leonora
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Rita
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Tom
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Pope
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Dante
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Harry
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Electrician Gus gets the chance to fulfill a childhood dream by buying an old bowling-alley with some of his friends. Unfortunately, due to the alimony payments he has to make to his ex-wife Leonora, the bank refuses to loan him the down payment. Knowing that when she marries again she loses her alimony rights, Gus tries to speed things up by bringing Leonora together with all the potential husbands he can find. Although this approach isn't very successful, it awakens feelings in both of them they didn't know they still had. Written by Peter Zweers <peterz@pi.net>

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Sometimes love is a stranger. And sometimes it's someone you've known all your life.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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15 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Con quién caso a mi mujer  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,125,424 (USA)
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The bright-sparking flash that represents electrical-arcing only occurs after Gus completely removes the fuse; there would only be a spark during the actual "removal moment", while the fuse was in the act of breaking the electrical circuit. See more »

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Leonora: [in disgusted sarcastic response to Gus's complaining that she appears to have "traded down" by divorcing him and hooking up with her current romantic interest whom Gus views as just a high-class dandy and clueless dude who's probably incapable of even simple tasks; Gus opines that the guy "likely doesn't even know how to change a fuse"] Who really cares whether or not you can change a fuse, if the WIRES aren't even HOOKED UP INSIDE YOUR HEAD?
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References Sneakers (1992) See more »

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Mr. Wonderful
Music by Jerry Bock & George David Weiss
Lyrics by George David Weiss & Lawrence Holofcener
Published by Abilene Music, lley Music Corp.
Jerry Bock Enterprises, Quartet Music, Inc.
Range Road Music, Inc. and Trio Muci Co. Inc.
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Leads lack chemistry to make story end convincing
9 August 2003 | by (Wausau, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

This is a very pleasant romantic comedy with a good cast, lots of good performances. Look for James Gandolfini in an earlier role as a shy lover.. .The premise is very believable. Matt Dillon's character is divorced, has killer alimony payments, but would like to invest in a bowling alley with his buddies. He has a girlfriend with a child, but hasn't quite committed. He has minor quarrels with his ex-wife, and it truly looks like there is no love lost between them! The plan is to find her a husband, a Mr. Wonderful, so he won't have to pay alimony any more, but when she finds one, he discovers he wants her back, says the video jacket. Matt Dillon puts in a very convincing performance as a working man, "fix-it" kind of guy who doesn't understand his more intellectual ex-wife; Annabella Sciorra is wonderful as his ex-wife, going to college and working with plants; William Hurt puts in a great performance as her married professor and lover; and Vincent D'Onofrio is excellent as the pharmacist who remembers her from high school. But I didn't feel that the ending was convincing, unlike other great romantic comedies, like "You've Got Mail", "While You Were Sleeping", or "Sleepless in Seattle".


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