America's Sweethearts

 (1,093)1 h 43 min2001X-RayPG-13
For Kiki (Julia Roberts), being the personal assistant to beautiful megastar, Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones), isn't easy. In fact, it's nearly impossible since the man of her dreams is Eddie (John Cusack), Gwen's estranged husband. Kiki is given the monumental task of helping Gwen and Eddie make it through a press junket organized by publicity exec Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal). But at this junket,..
Joe Roth
Hank AzariaJulie WagnerBilly Crystal
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Leilani MuenterJohn CusackJulia RobertsCatherine Zeta-Jones
Billy Crystal
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RedVisionWorksReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hey! This one is good!
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I really liked this movie. I love easy going movies like this one and the minute I saw Billy Crystal was in, I was set. There's something about Billy Crystal that I just like in movies. Same goes with John Cusack, he is one of those actors that you don't sit and think about much, but whose movies you thoroughly enjoy the character they portray. Because of this movie, I've noticed that about John Cusack and now I am on a John Cusack fiend. I don't want to make the review about him, but damn! It's true. The man delivers!

Now: The Movie.

Like, I said, it's easy-going with easy dialogue. I understand how other reviewers may think "not focused" or "weak plot"...but that is what's easy going about it. The movie doesn't place Billy Crystal as the protagonist. His job is to get the actors back together for the movie premiere and make a Boom! because the Producer (Tucci) has not even seen the movie yet. How can they promote a movie they haven't seen? They have to get the Actors' in order to make the premiere about them. I thought that was entertaining and true. The catch is that the actors' are recently divorced. You have Zeta-Jones playing the ultimate Hollywood Diva who cheats on John Cusack with an Extra (why does it always happen to John?! He's such a nice guy) and leaves him. John has a breakdown after attempting to murder Zeta-Jones, although he claims it was an accident, and for some reason all that is hilarious. There's also "Kiki" (Roberts), Zeta-Jones sister and Assistant, who harbors a secret crush on Cusack...and that's the movie in a nutshell.

Playing the eccentric Director of the movie is :D Christopher Walken and the guy is just magnificent like everything he does. Love this man to the moon and back. In here, he is...well, you know! The guy is amazing!

I guess that there was so much going on. I wish that we could've seen John Cusack and Julia Roberts' characters a little bit more developed in order to explain how this man who loves his ex-wife, is really in love with his ex-wife sister instead. I would've liked to see a better realization of that fact. Also, the kiss scenes could've been better.

About reviews, I always suggest that you don't listen to the naysayers or people who love certain movies. Just watch it because what it's not of taste for others may be of your own taste.

Don't expect an Oscar movie, but I really rarely like Oscar-worthy films.

Attached: Christopher Walken's head at Socrates Sculpture Park Fall 2016. Sculpture by Brian Zanisnik.
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a readerReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really, REALLY funny film... don't miss it!
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This film is not to everyone's taste, and gets mixed reviews, but I still think it's one of the funniest films ever made, so I just have to accept that people have different tastes.

That said, I MUST give it five stars. With a star-studded cast like this, it's hard to imagine how each actor could stand apart so well, but they do! Everyone outdoes themselves in it, which for this collection of comic-genius actors is really saying something! My partner and I have watched it twice and nearly exploded with projectile laughter both times!

The "big names" deliver some of their best performances, making it hard to chose among them, but if anyone steals the show, it's the less well-known Hank Azaria.

If you ever need to laugh your troubles away, this is one of the best choices you can make.
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Tallie365Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
that little something vital is missing
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It's a 3 star movie with a 5 star cast. All of the characters are fun. It is a bright lively film that moves along well. Plenty of humor. Unfortunately the romance is missing that something vital to make it believable. The writers and director should have eased off on the narcissism (we got the idea) and added in some romantic interaction between the love interests. John Cusak is surprisingly good acting physical comedy. There is something imperfectly, perfectly funny about him.... jumping on the shrub, slouching on the couch, swirling around in a bathrobe. He brings a lot to a scene. I like Billy Crystal too but this is not a movie about a producer's agent. IMO that role also got in the way of fully developing the love interest.
Charles D. KnutsonReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Save the time and money. Such a wasted opportunity.
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So much potential, such a waste of a movie. This movie boasts an all-star cast with John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Crystal, Julia Roberts, Stan Tucci, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin. It's one of those movies where in the end you realize that the trailer was actually significantly better than the movie itself. First, the movie doesn't know what it wants to be. An indictment of the movie industry? A romantic comedy? A story about an obnoxious prima donna? A movie about a movie? It just ultimately fell apart, despite some decently funny material early on. Second, there's a significant amount of offensive material here, albeit none of it explicit. Let's see, we have a dog who repeatedly licks Billy Crystal's crotch, a faux masturbation scene (not really, it's just cactus needles, but it looks like self pleasure on the security camera, ha ha, so funny), and then a lengthy gag about whether the Spanish lover of Zeta-Jones does or does not have an adequately big penis. Then there's the Spaniard hurling epithets like "Bullcheet," over and over. See, he's Spanish so he has an extreme accent and sounds funny when he swears. Get it? So many laughs. Yeah, just skip this. I can think of at least a couple movies for every actor in this one that would have been a better way to spend a few bucks and a couple hours.
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Kathryn Stacey KennedyReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I love romantic comedies. I have this on DVD, but with my Amaon movie and tv collection, I am starting to buy my favorite DVDs on prime video. It makes it so much more convenient. The movie is great. I usually watch it about every year. I would recommend it. Also recommend prime video because you can’t lose it, scratch it or step on it and break it. With Alexa hook up, it’s always waiting for me when I get an urge to watch again. Also, Amazon Video and Prime has been invaluable during this difficult time that we all have been going through. My daughter and I have been doing a lot of binge watching on Amazon and two other services we have.
Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA AreaReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars
Billy Crystal Is At His Best Here!
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AMERICAN SWEETHEARTS was directed by Joe Roth (Angels In The Outfield, Streets Of Gold) and co-written by one of the stars themselves - Billy Crystal (Monster, Inc., When Harry Met Sally, Analyze This). For me it was a great treat watching Billy. Billy has this sarcastic criticism about the Entertainment Industry - and life overall - that is so close to things I have said about people, places and things that I often wonder if he is following me recording my thoughts! He is hysterical!
Now - as far as the film has a pretty big cast - John Cussack (16 Candles, Say Anything, The Grifters) and Cathrine Zeta Jones (The Mask Of Zorro, the new Chicago, The Haunting) do a great job as the `Hollywood Couple' gone wrong. Except for the public eye and the personalities on camera - off camera they are `oil and water'. Cathrine character is support by the hysterically funny and often underrated Hank Azaria (The Birdcage, Godzilla, Anastasia) as her Cuban lover. He is a scene-stealer! Here's another talent that needs o be given a chance. Through it all, Billy Crystal's character, the publicist (who also has a sidekick - cleverly and meekly played by Seth Green (all three Austin Powers films)) needs the help of Cathrines'sister played by (with an impressively timid performance) of Julia Roberts (Pretty Women, Steele Magnolias, Erin Brochovich). Quite a cast, right?
Needless to say, enter the eccentric performance of the crazy director (of Catherine's and John's newest film the general public has been dying to see); Christopher Walkin (Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, Mouse Hunt) There is comedy, slapstick, farce and more. A good story and silly premise make for a very entertaining movie for all!
Again, I mention that Billy Crystal has some of the best lines - like - `...oh look, there's the buffet..." and many many, more! Stanley Tucci (A Mid Summer Nights Dream, The Pelican Brief, Road To Perdition) gives a fantastic performance as the typical Hollywood Producer gone panicked.
The DVD extras include the usual trailer and previews and there is also a special section with deleted scenes where there is a limited on camera commentary with director Jo Roth. The bad part is that it is the only commentary on the DVD. It would have been nice to have the commentary on the whole feature film - this was a big disappointment to me. Overall I loved the movie. This is something to own! (9-2-02)
A. D. ElswickReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is One of My Favorites
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This movie came out a waayyyyyyy while back, but I just discovered it recently. It is very funny. How could it not be great? It has Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack. It also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, but honestly, I can't really say that I am a big fan of hers since I think this may be one of the only movies of hers that I have ever seen. Anyway, John Cusack does a great job as Eddie, an actor who can't seem to get over his movie star wife, Gwen Harrison (Zeta-Jones), who was left him for a Spanish Actor (Played by Hank Azaria, who is also hilarious in this by the way) Meanwhile, Eddie also has been harboring feelings for Gwen's sister/assitant Kiki. All the while Crystal's character is a publist trying to promote Eddie and Gwen's last movie together while both their careers are headed south. Anyway, if you haven't seen this movie, you definetly should if you are a fan of any of the talented actors listed above. They all do a great job and I can't believe I hadn't seen this years ago!!
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Lisa SiegelReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I bought this movie mainly because Catherine Zeta-Jones, one of my favorite actresses is in it. But I thought that every single actor did a great job in this movie. It's so funny and sweet at the same time. John Cusack did, as usual, a wonderful job. He's first seen in a wellness center due to his recent break-up with his wife Gwen (Zeta-Jones). He executes the role in a wonderful way. I don't think that any other actor could have played the role any better.
Julia Roberts was wonderful too. I had never really seen her as the "sweet" one before in a movie. She is like Cinderella in a way. She plays Gwens's sister Kiki and basically does everything for her. I loved her in this movie.
Catherine was as usual, spectacular. She plays the vixen so well! That kind of role seems to fit her quite well, at least from what I have seen in "Chicago" and "Intolerable Cruelty."
Billy Crystal. What can I say about him except he's great! Stanley Tucci was quite funny too as the executive. And I loved Seth Green's character. He was just goofy. But in a good way.
Then of course you have the totally hilarious Hank Azaria. Everytime the man came on screen I laughed. He had a funny line all of the time. He is just a terrific actor in general. I also loved Chrisopher Walken. You would expect him to play this really dark, creepy guy, but instead, he doesn't. He's very...interesting. I won't give it away.
Anyway, if you love romantic comedies with lots of twists, this is the move to watch!
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