Maggie's and Sam's former partners are in love; she wants revenge and he wants his lost love back, so they work together to break up the happy couple.


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Robert Gordon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Ryan ... Maggie
Matthew Broderick ... Sam
Kelly Preston ... Linda
Tchéky Karyo ... Anton (as Tcheky Karyo)
Maureen Stapleton ... Nana
Nesbitt Blaisdell ... Ed Green
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ... Professor Wells
Lee Wilkof ... Carl
Dominick Dunne ... Matheson
Susan Forristal Susan Forristal ... Cecile
Larry Pine ... Street Comic
Debbon Ayer ... Gwen
Maurizio Benazzo Maurizio Benazzo ... Euro-Chic Man
Paolo Calamari Paolo Calamari ... French Bartender
Helmar Augustus Cooper ... Bus Driver


Good-natured astronomer Sam is devastated when the love of his life, Linda, leaves him for a suave Frenchman named Anton. He therefore does what every other normal dumpee would do; go to New York and set up home in the abandoned building opposite his ex-girlfriend's apartment, intent on winning her back and waiting until she decides to leave her current lover. What Sam does not count on is being joined several weeks later by ultra hip tomboy Maggie, a photographer and motor-cyclist who is determined to get revenge on Anton, her ex-fiance. Hostile at first, the two of them eventually join forces in an attempt to separate the couple, and ruin Anton's life. However, complications ensue when Sam and Maggie start falling for each other. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy about two people who are getting off on getting even. See more »


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Madonna was slated for the lead role around 1993, but was unavailable by the time the movie was ready to go into production. See more »


When Maggie and Sam walk into Anton's apartment, Maggie throws her scarf off, and in the next shot her coat is already removed as well. See more »


Sam: Anton, can I ask you something?
Anton: Sure you can.
Sam: Do you ever get homesick? I mean, do you ever want to go back to France?
Anton: You know, I was never so much French until I came here. You know Superman?
Sam: Uh-huh.
Anton: Well, that's me. I'm Superman.
[all the cooks laugh loudly and syncophantically]
Anton: And France was like Krypton. You know, on Krypton everybody was Superman. You make a nice sauce, everybody makes a nice sauce. You say hello to a woman with your French accent, everybody say hello!
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References Lassie (1954) See more »


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Written by Mel Simpson, Geoff Wilkinson and Robert Taylor
Contains a sample of "Sookie Sookie"
Written by Don Covay and Steve Cropper
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Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under licence from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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This addiction is good for you!
21 July 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Sam (Matthew Broderick) is a placid astronomer who travels to NYC to win back the affections of his girlfriend, Linda. She has just left him for another man, throwing him into a chaotic state of mind. Finding her apartment house, Sam camps out at the vacant, tumbledown building across the street. He finds he has an excellent inside view of her apartment, due to a large picture window. Soon after, Maggie (Meg Ryan) joins him in his abode. It seems her ex-fiance Anton is the man living with Linda and Maggie is determined to wreak havoc in his life. After setting up a sound system, the peeping duo can even hear the apartment's conversations! Will Sam succeed in getting his girlfriend back while Maggie is messing up the life of her former love?

This funny premise translates into a humorous, enjoyable film. Anton and Linda are sitting ducks as the jilted pair formulate ways to undermine their happiness as a couple. Broderick and Ryan give lively performances that are amusing and, at times, touching. The ending may be predictable but is nonetheless satfisfying. Fans of romantic comedies will consider this one a fine addition to their list while non fans may relish the dastardly deeds ot Maggie and Sam.

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English | French

Release Date:

23 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Addicted to Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Centerville, Delaware, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,446,098, 26 May 1997

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