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Mad Love (1995)

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The high-school student Matt Leland lives with his twin brother and sister and his father in a house by the lake. When the teenager Casey Roberts moves to the house on the other side of the... See full summary »

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Paula Milne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... Matt Leland
Drew Barrymore ... Casey Roberts
Matthew Lillard ... Eric
Richard Chaim Richard Chaim ... Duncan
Robert Nadir Robert Nadir ... Coach
Joan Allen ... Margaret Roberts
Jude Ciccolella ... Richard Roberts
Amy Sakasitz ... Joanna Leland
T.J. Lowther ... Adam Leland
Kevin Dunn ... Clifford Leland
Elaine Miles ... Housekeeper
Sharon Collar Sharon Collar ... Librarian
Selene H. Vigil Selene H. Vigil ... Singer
Valerie M. Agnew Valerie M. Agnew ... Drummer
Roisin Dunne Roisin Dunne ... Guitar
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The high-school student Matt Leland lives with his twin brother and sister and his father in a house by the lake. When the teenager Casey Roberts moves to the house on the other side of the lake, Matt snoops into her room with his telescope. They meet each other and soon they fall in love with each other. One day, Matt is taking a test at school and Casey activates the fire alarm to stop the test. She is suspended and her father decides to check her into a psychiatric institution. However Matt breaks her out of the hospital. They travel in Matt's car and have lots of fun until the day Matt discovers that Casey has bipolar disorder with periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. When she tries to commit suicide, Matt realizes that she needs specialized help. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A Wild And Sexy Adventure!

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and issues of an emotionally disturbed teen,including risk-taking situations and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Louco See more »

Filming Locations:

Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,453,274
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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

TJ Lowther had been in a road movie before this - A Perfect World (1993). See more »

Quotes

Casey: Matt, I have a question for you.
Matt: Uh huh.
Casey: If you were able to know when you were going to die, would you want to know?
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Soundtracks

Ah Fuggi Il Traditor
from Don Giovanni
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by Libor Pesek (as Libor Resek)
With the Prazsky Komorní Orchestr (as Prague Chamber Orchestra)
Courtesy of Sonoton/Associated Production Music
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Seriously Underrated Drama, Two Outstanding Performances!
7 June 2007 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

This is a love story, of sorts, which conflicts the viewer in that it tenderly presents this tragic heroine and then shocks the audience by eloquently demonstrating the ins and outs of the moderate-to-severe bi-polar disorder, with which the heroine attempts to live.

(The mother states her daughter suffers from depression, but Drew's depiction does NOT indicate depression alone. There are extreme highs and bottom-dipping lows, which would be more indicative of manic depression or bi-polar disorder than depression alone. Not to minimize the life-changing effects of clinical or chemical depression, because I'm not.)

Drew generates a stellar performance here, and fully sells the range of emotions her character experiences. Her portrayal is dead on perfect; in not just the disease itself, but her depth and range here is nothing short of phenomenal.

Chris O'Donnell is not as lacking as some would make one believe. He contributes an adequate performance as a young man without a clue; therefore, his character is vastly disliked because he comes off as clueless, and movie-goers associated him with the character. Go figure.

This work is seriously underrated, primarily due to the unsatisfactorily heart-wrenching ending, but also due to the audiences inability to conceive of Drew as anything but bubbly and intelligent. She customarily takes parts in which her character is put in a sweet (if rose-colored) light, whereas her role herein is quite edgy and tragic.

The screenplay itself is not solid. The flux is very fluid within this story. The only solid thing here are the performances by Drew and Chris, and the profound sadness and sense of loss experienced by its viewers via the execution of the story line.

I actually enjoyed this, though the ending IS unsettling and fails to satisfy.

It rates an 8.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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