A Marriage of Convenience

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6.01 h 31 min1998X-Ray13+
Successful businesswoman Chris Winslow gives up her career to raises her deceased sister's son. Eight years later the boy's father who was unaware of his son's existence arrives. They decide to enter into a marriage of convenience in order to not upset the child, though they soon find, that they may just be in love after all.
Directors
James Keach
Starring
Jane SeymourJames BrolinKari Matchett
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RomanceDrama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Shirley KnightDavid Kaye
Producers
Jane SeymourJames KeachCarla Singer
Studio
Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG)
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Foul languagesexual contentviolence
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3.9 out of 5 stars

135 global ratings

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TeryReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
I wish they'd done their research.
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OK...I know I'm picky, however, it really bothers me when there are such obvious, glaring errors. Chris was supposed to be in Alaska (but did you see the dirty water in the river?). Then she took photos of supposedly Alaskan natives. I'm not even going to go into the fact that you DO NOT take pictures of ceremonial dancers...but I WILL go into the fact that none of the Alaskan Indigenous tribes (Aleuts, Inupiat, Yuit, Athabascans, Tlingit and Haida do hoop dances. The tribes that mostly do the hoop dance are the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, and the White Mountain Apache. There are a few other tribes, but none in Alaska who do the hoop dance.

Sometimes I wish I didn't know about certain aspects of films -- it kind of ruins it for me. Oh...and as an equestrian, when I see riders bumping along on the back of a horse, many times I've wanted to yell..."HEELS DOWN!!"
35 people found this helpful
privateReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pure Sap!
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Perfectly sappy show ....nobody used bad language, nobody was shot, raped, beat or otherwise abused and it had a happy ending. Sometimes you just need a dose of make believe.
33 people found this helpful
Hensa9Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Beautiful Love Story
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Sometimes, it's not always love at first sight, or with immediate fireworks. Instead, one can fall in love first through friendship, or through a marriage of convenience as is the case in this movie. A couple gets married as per request of their shared son, and eventually, over time, fall in love with each other. It's a wholesome and beautiful film.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Near miss
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This is the story of a woman named Chris who ends up adopting her sister's premature baby when the sister dies in a car accident before giving birth. The first half of the movie is about how this happened. Then, in the second half, the biological father enters the scene. After some initial disagreements and legal wrangling, the two decide to get officially married for the sake of the kid, but they agree to live separate lives in the man's large house. In the end, they warm to each other.

This is a movie from the 1990s and in some ways, the acting and production quality seem a little dated. However, the story has potential. It is a bit emotional in the beginning, but then settles into the main idea of the story. There are a couple of pieces to the story that sort of stretch the imagination a bit but overall, it seems somewhat plausible. The main problem is that although the characters do a good job with their parts, there is no chemistry and the relationship pieces are not very convincing. I like James Brolin a lot, but in this movie he seems as though he doesn't have a romantic bone in his body. He has zero chemistry with Jane Seymour and so their growing relationship seems abrupt and unbelievable. Jane Seymour is a great actress, but she isn't super convincing as the adoptive mother.

This is an interesting story with sort of a somber tone throughout. If you are looking for a drama that is a bit different, this might be something you would like. If you are looking for a rom-com, this movie may seem to fall short.
4 people found this helpful
meReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
2 STARS for LACKLUSTER
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Did anything happen that we didn't expect, besides really crappy acting? Pretty faces, falling in love...can any story be more superficial than that? James Keach's first attempt at directing? Did he think it was easy? He didn't even try to make something interesting? Whatever.....they must have needed to lose money. Cute kid. They should have called it ORPHANS' FANTASY and written it from the kid's perspective after the fact. Why would anyone want to spend good money on boring slop like this? Did they have a lot of unemployed friends? The music killed any possible hope of redemption. I just knocked it down to 2 from 3 stars. James married Barbara that year. He certainly didn't need money. Jane looked just like the Jane we see in everything she has been in, and oh, she was married to Stacy Keach, the director...ouch.
5 people found this helpful
AmaZReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth It
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People do odd things when grieving. Some reminisce, others tear their clothes. And, some go numb. What do you do when your sister dies, her baby thrives and you haven't a clue about parenthood? Grandmother's want to protect their adult children, often believing wisdom trumps rightful action. Unknown fathers do come out of the woodwork. In a time of 'Me' orientation, can doing the right thing be, the right thing to do?

This film isn't about a rags to riches romance or the superficial lady in red or .....It's about life choices that broadside us out of nowhere while we're worrying about something else. When faced with a shocking reality, confirming my tomorrows will be significantly different, and yesterday's truths can't be depended upon as building blocks. They just aren't true anymore, how do I survive?

New challenges, create new questions and concerns, often pale in comparison to our old reality. We stop in our tracks. The new reality screams, sits in the bleachers, waiting for a good play, sound decisions with big consequence,. With no training and little time. How do we respond?

Look deeper as you watch this quite film. Yeah. There are technical goofs. Dirty water in clean stream Alaska. Unrealistic photographs. But, life is never film. Film can be a jigsaw puzzle of life with flexibility to arrange pieces in spaces initially never designed to fit. The take away........ If faced with similar circumstances, what would I do? This story asks the viewer to step back, think about who I am, how do I make choices and what do I know to be true?
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GCReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved it!!
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Brolin and Seymour are good actors and did not disappoint me in this sweet movie. Although it's a little unbelievable, the premise is remotely possible. The writers pulled it off with the actors' and director's help. It's a pure fairy tale but a delightful one.
10 people found this helpful
neaReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A movie based on a premise where common sense does not prevail.
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Right off the bat this movie left me a bit confused.....the premise is not based on any common sense.....if she was going to die,...without the surgery, the baby would have to be delivered caesarean. If they did the surgery and she died, the baby would need to be delivered cecerean....so why would she refuse the surgery. she knew she would just die without it and the babies outcome would be the same. If they did the surgery (her only chance and things were going badly for the baby they could have always taken it caesarean THEN, so this whole movie is based on some very shaky thinking, but then in the US medical accuracy is never part of any show. They just write it to make it work for the movie whether it makes any real sense or not, common sense plays no part. Then moving her sisters ashes from an urn to a mason jar was just plain creepy, NOT funny at all. Another moment of poor judgement. The acting is good, Seymour is a good actress, but she should be more selective of her choices in movies. I am still watching but it needs to improve or I will feel as if it is wasted time.
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