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Wishful Thinking (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  9 December 1996 (Spain)
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A story told from three angles. Max meets Elizabeth; they live together, but when she talks of marriage, he balks. He becomes extremely jealous, probably without cause, and thinks she's ... See full summary »

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Lena
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Elizabeth
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Donita
Isabel Gillies ...
Susan - Roommate
Mel Gorham ...
Lourdes
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Max
Joseph Mosso ...
Waiter (as Joe Mosso)
Lázaro Pérez ...
Ramon (as Lazaro Perez)
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Man with Cane
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Henry
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Jack
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A story told from three angles. Max meets Elizabeth; they live together, but when she talks of marriage, he balks. He becomes extremely jealous, probably without cause, and thinks she's taken up with a friend of his, Jack. Elizabeth, stung by Max's refusal to marry, catches Jack's eye, but the friendship seems innocent. Lena, who works with Max, likes him and realizes she can manipulate his jealousy and maybe engineer his split from Elizabeth. When she's sure Elizabeth is with a man, she calls Max at work, sending him home to confront the lovers. Then, Lena feels guilty and takes off for Max's apartment. What's really going on? Who's with Elizabeth? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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TRUE LOVE...Is Just A Wish Away!

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9 December 1996 (Spain)  »

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Botrányos szerelem  »

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Henry: I'm really surprised you called me.
Lena, the cashier: Well I had a really nice time with you at the party.
Henry: I did too with you, it's just, I was really sorry about spilling that wine on your dress. I could have sworn that bottle was empty.
Lena, the cashier: It was OK, I actually had a harder time getting the brie out.
Henry: Yeah, I mean you gotta admit after a couple drinks those things look a lot like a sponge.
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If your wish is to find a good, non-conventional romantic drama, try this one
25 January 2008 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Max (James Le Gros) and Elizabeth (Jennifer Beals) have been living together for some time. One day, Max offers Elizabeth a small jewelry box and she ecstatically believes he is proposing to her. However, inside the box is a glorified toothpick that Max contends will be a lucrative business idea. Elizabeth is deeply hurt and the couple begin pulling apart. Waiting to pounce on Max is a co-worker named Lena (Drew Barrymore), who lost her heart to him many moons ago at the introspective movie theater where they both toil. Elizabeth, too, finds solace with an attractive man, Henry (Jon Stewart) after meeting him late one night at a coffee shop. Yet, Max still obsesses about Elizabeth, seeing her face in all of the pot-boiling films he shows at the cinema. Is there a major breakup coming or a reconciliation? This is a wonderfully different romantic drama, with attractive players and an offbeat charm. Beals and Barrymore are both talented and very lovely in their roles, with Jennifer dressing simply but elegantly and Barrymore sporting one outrageous but arresting outfit after another. Le Gros is also fine as the mixed-up boyfriend while Stewart is a funny and handsome suitor for Beals. The scenery in and around Manhattan is nice and the production values very fine. Also interesting are the movie's technical attributes, which includes shooting scenes from different angles and substituting the faces of Beals and company in the old black and white films of long ago. Moreover, the script is quite inventive and original. In short, if your wish is for a nice romantic drama, with comedy and feeling, try this sweet but obscure film. After a viewing, you will definitely be thinking your made the right choice.


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