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Playing by Heart (1998)

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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The sexy comedy with a twist. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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22 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Dancing About Architecture  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,669, 3 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,956,212, 21 February 1999
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Trivia

The house Jon Stewart's character lives in is the same house used for Tim Allens character in Galaxy Quest (1999) and Colin Firth's character in Where the Truth Lies (2005). It is known as ''Case Study House #22, a.k.a. Stahl House'' and is in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. See more »

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Throughout the entire movie, whenever there is a scene (and there are many) involving martinis, between shots the olives and level of vodka in the glass change. This happens many time when a character either eats an olive or is about to eat one, it will re-appear in the glass seconds later. Also - many times where the character is starting to say something, and the view is changed to be from their point of view and their lips are no longer moving. See more »

Quotes

[Fumbling on a date]
Meredith: As you can see I'm not very good at this.
Trent: You're charming.
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The opening scenes introducing the major characters list their character names with subtitles, but not the actors/actresses who are portraying them. See more »

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References Peyton Place (1957) See more »

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Dirty Little Mouth
(1998)
Written by Fluke
Performed by Fluke
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc./Virgin Records Ltd.
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Positively Charming . . .
22 November 2004 | by 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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