The Thing Called Love

6.41 h 54 min1993X-RayPG-13
In Nashville, there are 10,000 singer-songwriters chasing success... with one chance in a million of getting it. For Miranda "no relation to Elvis" Presley (Samantha Mathis), that's one chance worth taking.
Peter Bogdanovich
River PhoenixSamantha MathisDermot Mulroney
ComedyDramaRomanceArts, Entertainment, and Culture
English [CC]
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Sandra BullockK.T. OslinAnthony ClarkWebb WilderEarl Poole BallTrisha Yearwood
John DavisDarlene K. ChanSteve Foley
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1304 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
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Holli HawkinsReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
River Phoenix need I say more?
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This is a cute little film, and a fun watch if your a fan of River Phoenix. It also has Sandra bullock who is hilarious in one of her first roles.
BusyBookMommaReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Love this movie.
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I love this movie. First, I love music. It's one of my favorite things. Singing and dancing along to the radio. It helps brighten my mood no matter what is going on in my day. This movie has the same effect. River, Samantha, Sandra, and Dermot are all amazing in this one. I really like the songs in the movie. Plus, I get to hear the funny verses that Sandra sings, which is almost enough to make me watch it in and of itself.

This movie is about Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis) moving to Nashville, Tennessee. There she gets a job working at a bar that features amateur open mic nights for song writers and singers to showcase their talent. While there she meets, Linda Lue Linden (Sandra Bullock). The two women become fast friends and even agree to share the same hotel room, as they are both trying to make it in the music biz. Then comes Kyle (Dermot Mulroney) and James (River Phoenix). These two men are at odds with one another, both vying for the attention of the lovely Miranda. James ultimately wins her affections, the two getting married in, of all places, an all night convenience store. There's drama, romance, heartbreak, and excitement, plus a bit of failed cow tipping. That's right those fools tried to tip a cow. However, they manage to make things works out in the end, with surprising results.
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Laura LynnReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The River Phoenix runs deep...
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I love this movie. I saw it when it was first released and I watch it for the nostalgia now. This was a time in the early 90s where the 80's were still very much alive. It was a simpler, sweeter time. And, River..
River Phoenix was the king of smoldering subtle and fathomless emotional expression. His quiet face conveyed 1000 things. "Miranda Presley" and her small group of hopefuls seem to genuinely care for each other and their camaraderie builds around their dreams of finding their way in the TN country music scene. From the homey "Bluebird Cafe" run by a wise 'Mom and Pop' duo who are in the know about the biz, to the sweet-and-then-steamy, oh so romantic love story between James and Miranda, what is not to love!? Oh, and here is Sandra Bullock at her best-friend-next-door best, adorable, funny, solid. If you need to lighten up, relax, and watch a fun little story reminiscent of things you miss, this is it.
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D. RuffinReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and memorable movie
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Rented to allow a friend to watch for the first time. It was probably my 20th time to see it. I love Sandra Bullock and Dermot Mulrooney who are supporting characters as they are so humorous.
PaulaReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just not that interesting.....
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This movie wasn't bad but it just didn't hold my interest either. Just not enough of a plot.The movie didn't hve much sense of what it wanted to be. Romance? drama? Who knows? Just ok.
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SueReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie with a wonderful cast!
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Recreational viewing. The music was really good, and the plot, even though rather simple, was pulled together well with the actors.
Natalie McLainReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It reminds you to follow your dreams as long as you can
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I have always loved this movie. Now with the two short clips added back into the movie it makes more sense. I always though there seemed to be something missin when James came back to look for Miranda.

It is sad that this was River Phoenix's last finished movie. You can see the love him and Samantha Matthias had for eachother on this film. The film itself is not like a world big hit. But when I first seen it I was 13 and wanted to write music for a living. I used to play guitar and at the time I like country music. At my newly acquired age of 37 years old I do not like country music as my taste have gone more worldly with tavel and age. Due to an injury I can no long play the guitar or sing. I still write music that is in my head that no ine will ever hear. But every time I see this move I remember that at 13 years old I though nothing could stop me. I chased my dreams just like the characters in this movie did. It is bittersweet to watch this movie.
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Raychel G. TerschluseReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Miranda"no relation to Elvis" Presley wants to be a country music star
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When this movie came out I was not yet in highschool and I found it fabulous. Now graduated from college I watched it again and found myself liking it for different reasons. Miranda Presley flees from New York to Nashville in hopes of becoming a country music star. She takes a job as a waitress at a famous little diner run by K.T.Oslin. In real life this is the same diner that 'discovered' lots of early country stars. She meets James, the cute but dark River Phoenix, and he has just signed a record deal. She becomes roommates with Sandra Bullock, an eager girl trying to make everybody else happy. And she also meets Kyle,played by Dermot Mulrouney, who has the hots for Miranda. They all want to become big stars, and so they audition over and over at the diner and this is where the movie takes place.

There is some love chasing as well as dream chasing. Miranda is on a mission and she unexpectedly finds herself while chasing a dream. We get to see the struggles of an aspiring song writer and find humor when everything looks like it's lost. This version of the dvd is great with extra scenes added in, and anyone who has watched this before will know what they are. We also get to see the making of the movie with interviews on River Phoenix, which is reason alone to buy the dvd.

Watching the film as an adult I found myself relating to everything. While I never wanted to be a star I do have dreams and watching these people chase them and fight for them made me try a little bit harder. All the actors became their character and made it that more real. If you like movies with comedy,drama,love,soul searching then you should try this one on for size.
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