CAST

Keanu Reeves
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon
Anthony Quinn
Giancarlo Giannini
Angelica Aragon
Evangelina Elizondo
Freddy Rodriguez
Debra Messing
DIRECTED BY

Alfonso Arau
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"Talking between men and women never solves anything. Where we think, they feel. They are creatures of the heart."
Time: 102 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance/Drama
SYNOPSIS: A World War II vet, on the road as a traveling salesman, agrees to help a desperate, pregnant woman – who is afraid to let her father see her condition – by pretending to be her husband.

BOTTOM LINE:I know what you're thinking – Keanu Reeves, period love story – this can't be good. Well, if you're a member of the estrogen brigade, it's not as bad as you imagine. Sure, he's a bad actor and the story is hokey beyond salvation, and yet it gets under your skin. It's like mediocre wine, it may not taste amazing going down, but it still leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. What saves this movie is the great, though hammy acting, from Reeves' two male co-stars Quinn and Giannini as his romantic lead's grandfather and father. They are wonderful actors who give this tripe depth, sparkle and heart. Sanchez-Gijon gives a touching and sexy performance as the young woman who needs a husband to hide her growing indiscretion. She actually makes Reeves seem like a good catch and enables him to be a believable romantic lead. Of course, her noble wine-making family wants nothing to do with a goofy, dim American soldier. Who can blame them? It goes without saying that after many trials and tribulations the family comes to accept him as one of their own and the young couple falls madly for each other. They also give the cinema one of the most intensely sexy screen kisses to ever grace the screen in a non-R-rated film. It almost makes up for the other 100 minutes you have to wade through. The art direction, set design and lovely locations help raise the quality of the film to an enjoyable trifle, especially if you like looking at Reeves. A film only ladies can love.