When I'm not plotting my next book, I watch movies and television programs, both new and old, on Acorn TV, Amazon, BritBox, Hulu, Apple TV, and Netflix. Afterward, I write reviews and scatter popcorn kernels. Whatever floats your remote is fine with me.
Stars: Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones|
A Saturday night choice on Netflix brought me to America’s Sweethearts. When it began, I couldn’t remember if I had seen the movie or not, but as it progressed I vaguely remembered a few scenes. That tells you what a lasting impression this movie made upon me when I initially saw it – pretty much zilch.
Interesting that two of my favorite males, John Cusak and Billy Crystal starred in the movie, along with two female stars I’ve never really gone gaga over – Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones. I don’t know why I’ve never gravitated toward Julia, not to say she hasn’t done some good work in the past. I think it’s that laugh of hers that drives me nuts. Nor do I feel terribly enthralled with Catherine based on the types of movies she’s stared in, except perhaps Zorro. Most of what she does is romantic fluff. I even liked her less in America’s Sweethearts, as she plays a narcissistic movie star who thinks the world revolves around her as she irritatingly orders around her sister to wait on her hand and foot.
John Cusak, though slightly a bit crazy in his character, is one of my favorite actors. I loved in him Serendipity and a few others. He’s entertaining in this movie. Billy Crystal is Billy Crystal. The same comedic personality you’ve watched throughout the years is there to give you a chuckle.
Now, as far as the premise of the movie and actual entertainment, I’d give it a yawning two kernels. Oh, there are a few amusing semi-chuckles that may tickle your funny bone. Basically, in a nutshell that is easy to crack, it’s about two married movie stars who have played together on screen for years. They are in essence, America’s Sweethearts but have since separated and headed for divorce. As their last movie is about to be pre-screened to the press, they come together one last time in a semi-civil appearance as husband and wife to promote the movie. There are a few other side plots and a romantic get together, but other than that, I’ll probably forget the movie once again.