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Mr. Wrong (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 16 February 1996 (USA)
A single and lonely woman finds the seemingly perfect man to date, but soon regrets it when his deranged and possessive other personality emerges and worst still, she cannot convince anyone else of his Jekyll and Hyde true nature.

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Nick Castle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen DeGeneres ... Martha Alston
Bill Pullman ... Whitman Crawford
Joan Cusack ... Inga Gunther
Dean Stockwell ... Jack Tramonte
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Crawford
John Livingston ... Walter
Robert Goulet ... Dick Braxton
Ellen Cleghorne ... Jane
Hope Davis ... Annie
Brad William Henke ... Bob (as Brad Henke)
Christine Cattell ... Nancy Culpepper
Peter White ... Mr. Alston
Polly Holliday ... Mrs. Alston
Briant Wells Briant Wells ... Stuart
Camille Saviola ... Consuela
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Storyline

Martha Alston (Ellen DeGeneres) is a single woman working at a television talk show. When her younger sister gets married, everyone's wondering when Martha is going to meet Mr. Right and tie the knot. When by chance, Martha meets a handsome stranger named Whitman Crawford (Bill Pullman), the two fall madly in love with each other. But soon Martha discovers little quirks in Whitman, little quirks that become horrifying nightmares. But by the time Martha realizes that she must break up with him, it'll take more than subtle hints to make him go away. She'll have to get into the most outrageous predicaments to rid herself of Mr. Wrong. Written by Eric Yang <esy@netcom.com>

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He loved her from afar. It wasn't far enough.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language, some sex related scenes and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Wrong See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,106,797, 18 February 1996

Gross USA:

$12,825,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,825,141
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ed McMahon screentested for the role of Dick Braxton. See more »

Goofs

The gum can be seen in Martha's hair before Inga puts it there. See more »

Quotes

Jack Tramonte: OK Whitman's records. Lived with his mother until about six months ago. Had one serious relationship with an Inga... Gunther who once tried to assassinate the rock temptress... STEVIE NICKS!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Love Stinks
Written by Peter Wolf (as P. Wolf) & Seth Justman (as S. Justman)
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (as Joan Jett and The Blackhearts)
Produced by Kenny Laguna and Thom Panunzio
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Unfunny and really drags along like a dead horse
17 November 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

31 year old Martha is in a Mexican prison in her wedding dress. She tells the detectives how she got into this situation and talks back over the past year back to the day she first met Whitman. They fell in love of course and dated for a while but soon Whitman's personality began to become increasingly worrying and the relationship came to an end. However as Martha finds, Whitman won't let her sabotage her won happiness.

I knew that this film would be a romantic comedy without a great plot and would probably not be that good. However I had hoped that it would have enough wit and energy to it to be fun if not brilliant. However it is actually a bit dopey and really drags along with no fun whatsoever. The film premiered in the UK on channel 5 in the middle of the afternoon schedule of soaps and bad chat shows – that is how much they thought of the rights to this movie.

The plot is really poor – basically Whitman can't accept he's been dumped and starts to freak out Martha. It does nothing funny with this premise whatsoever and it just gets increasingly desperate as it tries to be `wacky' and `off the wall'. Instead I found it tiresome and just plain unfunny. It didn't even seem to be trying hard – it just seemed content to drag it's feet as it went along. Whitman isn't sold as a stalker of any kind and his actions aren't ever explained as they finally go a bit extreme. It ain't funny, it ain't romantic and it left me wondering what the point of it was.

I like DeGeneres even though I know she's rubbish. She does occasionally get some laughs in a poor vehicle. Here she did nothing and if anything just made the film worse! Pullman is usually good in anything he does but he has nothing to work with in a character who is never really given any foundation or basis. The rest of the cast are simply TV support actors which suits the feel of this film. Oh, and special mention to Joan Cusack – what a terrible performance and a terrible career choice! Fire your agent.

Overall this was a waste of 90 minutes and it really felt like it was twice as long as this. It has no natural energy and it just drags along. It is the least funny thing I have ever seen Ellen in.....and that's saying something.


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