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Playing by Heart (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  6 August 1999 (UK)
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Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A.

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Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show, and they must move beyond gentle barbs when she wants to know about an affair of his years ago. Mark is dying of AIDS, and his mother comes to his bedside: they must talk truthfully. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into her orbit: why is he reluctant? An adulterous couple meet at hotels for evening sex, but she is unwilling for the relationship to grow. Hugh tells tall tales, usually tragic, to women in bars. By the week's end, their parallel stories converge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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tv cooking show | dying | sex | cooking | bar | See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Dancing About Architecture  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£30,310 (UK) (6 August 1999)

Gross:

£122,758 (UK) (13 August 1999)
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Meredith: I have a hard time trusting men.
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Positively Charming . . .
22 November 2004 | by (In the Clouds) – See all my reviews

When I first came across this movie I was somewhat unconvinced by the blurb given on the back of the DVD. However, I decided to give it a chance any way (mostly due to the excellent ensemble cast) and I found that I was completely surprised - this movie was positively charming ! Granted, it is not without its slightly exaggerated moments but in the end this does nothing but add to its charm ! Angelina Jolie's character, Joan is delightful if somewhat melodramatic and Gillian Anderson does a great job as the relationship-shy Meredith enraptured with, yet afraid to commit to, the charismatic Trent. Sean Connery's performance is effortless and the rest of the cast are all excellent as well. There are light moments and completely heart-breaking moments but all in all - it ends on such a high note of hope that one cannot help but be delighted !

Definitely worth your time - 9/10


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