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Accidental Love (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 10 February 2015 (USA)
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A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?

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An original political satire about a naive small town waitress who accidentally gets a nail buried in her head, causing erratic and outrageous behavior that leads her to Washington DC. There she falls for a dashing, but clueless, Congressman who searches for the courage to save her. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes you nail love...sometimes it nails you.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual contact and language | See all certifications »

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David Bergstein attributed the film's financial woes to the 2008 financial collapse, but the filmmakers believed they were being "intentionally squeezed." See more »

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When Scott talks to Alice while the Squaw Girls are camping out in front of the United States Capitol, the calamine lotion on her face changes shape and density repeatedly. See more »

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Alice Eckle: What about you starting gentle like I asked, and then taking it at the angle that I really like?
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A slightly deformed 'mixed bag' of goofy slapstick and political satire!
26 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'ACCIDENTAL LOVE': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

David O. Russell's abandoned labor of love, which was many years in the making, is this political satire film. The movie began production in 2008 and was halted multiple times, due to budget problems (a lot of the crew wasn't being paid). O. Russell quit the film in 2010 and has since disowned it. The filming was finished under a different director and O. Russell's credit in the movie has been changed to a pseudonym; Stephen Greene. Despite all this, the movie is still pretty clever, funny and very politically insightful. It was written by O. Russell (credited as Stephen Greene), Kristin Gore (Al Gore's daughter), Matthew Silverstein and Dave Jeser; it's also based on the 2004 novel 'Sammy's Hill', by Gore. The film stars an all-star cast including Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan, Kurt Fuller, Paul Reubens, Kirstie Alley, Beverly D'Angelo, James Brolin and Bill Hader. It's an odd misfire of a movie, but I think it's definitely still worth seeing.

The story revolves around Alice Eckle (Biel); a waitress, in a small town, who is accidentally shot in the head, by a nail gun, one night while she's at dinner with her boyfriend, Scott (Marsden). Due to Alice lacking any insurance, doctors refuse to operate on her; and remove the nail. The nail causes her to act erratically though and if she doesn't come up with the money, to afford the $150,000 operation, it could kill her. After Scott dumps her, Alice decides to travel to Washington, with two friends (Fuller and Morgan), in an attempt to get healthcare reformed. In the process she falls for a naive congressman (Gyllenhaal), who sees Alice as good publicity for his own political causes.

The film is pretty funny and the actors all give it their all; Gyllenhaal and Marsden are especially hilarious. It's also a great commentary on how politics work (especially healthcare). Gore's story is brilliant and the movie is full of good intentions and a lot of heart. It could have been a truly great comedic masterpiece though, especially with this cast and O. Russell at the helm! As it is, it definitely seems like a slightly deformed 'mixed bag' of goofy slapstick and political satire. Watching it, definitely doesn't feel like you're watching a David O. Russell movie either! It still definitely has a lot of great moments though. I'm glad I watched it and I actually had a pretty good, fun, time doing so; despite all of it's flaws.

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