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Sweethearts (1997)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  November 1997 (UK)
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Arliss goes to a coffee house to meet Jasmine on a blind date, but she's not quite what she seems.

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Jasmine
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Arliss
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Noreen
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Charles
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Officer Carter
Buckley Norris ...
Asylum patron
Vinnie Bilancio ...
Officer Felliciano
Stephen Malkmus ...
Coffee House Singer
Debby Barkan ...
Girl in Floral Dress
Patricia Peralta ...
Girl in Shop Window
Dayna West ...
Girl in Black
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Telephone Voice
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Telephone Voice
Tara Ison ...
Telephone Voice
Nicholas Kingston ...
Telephone Voice
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When a man goes on a blind date, he gets more than he bargains for as she is a manic-depressive who is carrying a gun and contemplating suicide and perhaps homicide. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language, a scene of violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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When Arliss and Jasmine both go to the men's room and start talking with the door open, the boom mic is visible in the upper right hand corner. See more »

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Written & Performed by Joe Henry
Courtesy of Mammoth Records
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Rare intelligent romantic comedy
14 May 2004 | by (Dalian, China) – See all my reviews

I urge anyone who cannot sit through a Meg Ryan film without wanting to scream "the world is not like this!" at the top of their lungs to watch this film. Sweethearts is an absolutely fantastic film, with a pair of top draw performances from Mitch Rouse and, especially, Janeane Garofolo who shows a grasp of pathos I for one had previously never even glimpsed. The choice of setting the film almost entirely in one locale (a trendy bo ho coffee house) is inspired, fostering an claustrophobic intensity that gives the emotional content that extra bite. The dialogue is, with one or two exceptions, in turns bitingly savage, wonderfully droll and genuinely touching. There are also some wonderful directorial flourishes, in particular during the rooftop scene. By far the best element of the film, however, is the way it consistently plays with the conventions of the genre it superficially falls into. Horvat masterfully leads the viewer into a falls sense of security ("oh, right, now he'll fall in love with her and she'll have a life changing epiphany and they'll all live happily ever after. And there'll probably be a dog involved somewhere") only to pull the rug out from under at the perfect moment. In all few films, especially romantic films, have left such a deep and lasting impression on me. I heartily recommend anyone with at least half a brain and half a heart to try to find this film (please, someone, release it one DVD), you won't be disapointed. 10/10


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