America's Sweethearts

Starring: John Cusack, Christopher Walken, Hank Azaria, Seth Green, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Crystal, Alan Arkin, Julia Roberts, Stanley Tucci

Directed by: Joe Roth

Produced by: Face Productions, Revolution Studios

Distributed by: Columbia, Sony

Genre: comedy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: August 1, 2001
Viewing Location: Newport Grade: C+
Summary: Goofy, but really you should wait for it to come on TV.
Billy Crystal tries to keep this picture above water, and he does, but only barely. The script is really hard to work with, and there's simply too many stars in the cast that are trying to hog all the attention. Cusack, one of my favorite actors, does an okay job, but he's limited by the script and the time, and in the end his performance is below average. Julia Roberts fans will probably enjoy her here; she does a decent job, but not great. Zeta-Jones is her usual miserable self. The movie fails as an ensemble piece, which is what is really needed when you have that many stars. For a better example of what ensemble acting is supposed to be like, see "Rat Race". 

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