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Mad Love (1995)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  26 May 1995 (USA)
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Casey and Matt are high school kids in love. They run away together after Casey's parents check her into a mental hospital for trying to kill herself. Matt sneaks her out and on the road ... See full summary »

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Robert Nadir ...
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Margaret Roberts
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Richard Roberts
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Joanna Leland
T.J. Lowther ...
Adam Leland
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Clifford Leland
Elaine Miles ...
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Sharon Collar ...
Librarian
Selene H. Vigil ...
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Valerie M. Agnew ...
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Roisin Dunne ...
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Casey and Matt are high school kids in love. They run away together after Casey's parents check her into a mental hospital for trying to kill herself. Matt sneaks her out and on the road Casey starts to have Mental problems. Written by <jgilmore@ix.netcom.com>

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and issues of an emotionally disturbed teen,including risk-taking situations and sexuality | See all certifications »
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26 May 1995 (USA)  »

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$15,453,274 (USA)
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Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Matt Leland. See more »

Quotes

Matt: We're hundreds of miles away from home, what are we supposed to do?
Casey: Tap our heels three times?
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Shakin' Shakin' Shakes
Written by Cesar Rosas and T Bone Burnett
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Seriously Underrated Drama, Two Outstanding Performances!
7 June 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

This is a love story, of sorts, which conflicts the viewer in that it tenderly presents this tragic heroine and then shocks the audience by eloquently demonstrating the ins and outs of the moderate-to-severe bi-polar disorder, with which the heroine attempts to live.

(The mother states her daughter suffers from depression, but Drew's depiction does NOT indicate depression alone. There are extreme highs and bottom-dipping lows, which would be more indicative of manic depression or bi-polar disorder than depression alone. Not to minimize the life-changing effects of clinical or chemical depression, because I'm not.)

Drew generates a stellar performance here, and fully sells the range of emotions her character experiences. Her portrayal is dead on perfect; in not just the disease itself, but her depth and range here is nothing short of phenomenal.

Chris O'Donnell is not as lacking as some would make one believe. He contributes an adequate performance as a young man without a clue; therefore, his character is vastly disliked because he comes off as clueless, and movie-goers associated him with the character. Go figure.

This work is seriously underrated, primarily due to the unsatisfactorily heart-wrenching ending, but also due to the audiences inability to conceive of Drew as anything but bubbly and intelligent. She customarily takes parts in which her character is put in a sweet (if rose-colored) light, whereas her role herein is quite edgy and tragic.

The screenplay itself is not solid. The flux is very fluid within this story. The only solid thing here are the performances by Drew and Chris, and the profound sadness and sense of loss experienced by its viewers via the execution of the story line.

I actually enjoyed this, though the ending IS unsettling and fails to satisfy.

It rates an 8.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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