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She's So Lovely (1997)

After being released from a psychiatric institution, a man tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his now-ex wife from the events that led up to his incarceration.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen Murphy Quinn (as Robin Wright Penn)
Nancy Swearingen
James Soravilla ...
Intern #1 (as James Bozian)
Intern #2
Carmen Rodriguez - Lady Ticket Taker
Lead Singer
Tony Marsico ...
Band Member


Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and is put in a psychiatric institution. Ten years later, Eddie is released and finds that Maureen has divorced him and is remarried with three children, one of whom is his little girl Jeanie. Eddie goes to reclaim his wife. Written by Katie Fisher

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The story of one outrageous woman. Caught between two men. Both of them certain of one thing...


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

29 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

She's De Lovely  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,036,081, 1 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,221,836, 5 October 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Penn wanted his then wife Madonna to play his wife in the movie but Cassavetes refused Penn's request. See more »


Joey gets out of his Cadillac holding his car keys, but the car's warning beeper signifies that the keys are still in the ignition. See more »


Eddie: I love my wife. She likes to break beer bottles over people's heads. That's what she loves.
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I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)
Performed by Grace Jones
Written by Grace Jones & Bruce Woolley
Published by Polygram International Publishing, Inc. / BMG Music Publishing
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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17 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

As a filmmaker John Cassavetes was always challenging his audience. He wanted to shake people out of their traditional patterns of the way people watch movies. He wanted to constanly stay one step ahead of viewers and challenge them to keep up. If you know this, any Cassavetes movie is a rewarding viewing experience. If you are unaware of this, you will surely be lost like so many reviewers I've read here are. SHE'S SO LOVELY is Nick Cassavetes paying tribute to his father's unique and often misunderstood style. The characters, like real people, do not know what they are going to do from one moment to the next. This is what makes the movie so funny, unpredictable - and so honest and true to life - that it makes some uncomfortable. Alot of critics have stated that it is unrealistic that a mother would ever leave her family under the circumstances presented here, but until you've been in a similar situation how can you really say? At any rate, one thing you can never accuse this movie of being is predictable. John Cassavetes often recut his movies even when people liked them. If he were still alive, he would probably be delighted to read all the negative reviews here, because they all point to one thing: Cassavettes has done it again. He has shaken people out of their set ways of watching movies and no one seems to be hip to it - yet. Like any great jazz artist, the work of John Cassavetes may be misunderstood at first, but finds it's audience eventually. He is somewhere laughing, knowing he has done his job. If you don't agree, keep this review in mind and watch this movie again/for the first time. Like all of his films, SHE'S SO LOVELY improves with repeat viewings.

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