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   MIAMI RHAPSODY (1995) 

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CAST
Sarah Jessica Parker
Gil Bellows
Antonio Banderas
Mia Farrow
Paul Mazursky
Kevin Pollak
Barbara Garrick
Carla Gugino
Bo Eason
Jeremy Piven

DIRECTED BY
David Frankel

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 105 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romantic Comedy


SYNOPSIS: When her long-term boyfriend causually asks her to marry him, Gwen realises she is pretty ambivalent about the whole business. In one way she very much wants to marry him, but looking around at her family she wonders if there's any real point.

BOTTOM LINE: A film best described as Woody Allen in a tropical locale from a woman's point of view. Parker uses her wit, intelligence and comic timing in a story where every relationship appears to be doomed, including her own. Marriage is out and passion is in amongst newly-engaged Gwen's (Parker) entire immediate family from her outwardly happy parents to her recently hitched younger sister (Gugino). Even though she loves Matt (Bellows), her family's rampant mass infidelity, which she only discovers after agreeing to get married herself, is giving her serious doubts about the chance anyone has for a happy lifelong committment.

Her relatives can't keep their pants on, but they're still pressuring her to set a date and plan the ceremony, mostly because they want her to be as miserable and trapped as they are themselves. As Gwen tries to come to terms with her own emotions and ideas on the subject, her relationship starts to take a turn for the worse. Will she make it to the altar? Does she even want to? I'll leave that discovery up to you.

Parker is convincing and charming as the angst-ridden Gwen. She carries the film quite well, giving all her co-stars a chance to shine while still being the star. The plot runs a fairly predictable course, but she makes it seem fresh and funny. Thanks to some clever dialogue and a great supporting cast, led by Farrow in one of her best roles post-Woody and Banderas in his usual, yet still effective Latin lover part, this film takes a few unique twists and turns down the road to love. Parker and company aren't reinventing the romance wheel, but they put on an admirable and amusing show that should satisfy most rom-com lovers.




"I figure marriage is kind of like Miami: it's hot and stormy, and occasionally a little dangerous... but if it's really so awful, why is there still so much traffic?"

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