No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny, then she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny. She tries to resist, but Ronny lost his hand in an accident he blames on his brother, and has no scruples about aggressively pursuing her while Johnny is out of the country. As Loretta falls deeper in love, she comes to learn that she's not the only one in her family with a secret romance.Written by
This is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies. It is so filled with poetry and smart humor that the only possible weakness could be that it's too good! I mean, it's so funny and touching throughout that I worry I'm being manipulated by a master of narrative so powerful that I'm overwhelmed. When every scene seems classic then surely it's a cliché, no? Well, anyway, that's my irrational worry. The only lapse in its logic and flow that I can see is that Johnny says he can't get married now because his mother will die. But, wait a minute, didn't she get better because he was getting married? Riddle me this, my friends. That's always bothered me. On the other hand, you can take Nick Cage's speech outside of his apartment and set it to verse and it's a work of passionate art! "We are meant to love the wrong people, etc., etc. " Wham! Beautiful! The ending is my fave, the reconciliation, the links to history & family. Beautiful! Who doesn't wan't to be an Italian (or at least a member of an Italianish family) after seeing this movie? I've been moonstruck for almost 20 years over this flick. Only a smack across the kisser by Cher could snap me out of it. I should be so lucky...
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