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Playing by Heart
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Jay Mohr, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Jon Stewart
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Miramax Home Video
Kiddie Movie: They'd be bored.
Date Movie: It's a snuggle movie.
Gratuitous Sex: Almost.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some.
Memorable Scene: Angelina Jolie in a hair net and curlers.
Memorable Quote: Here's a few, but watch for them. "I cheated on my wife with her brother." "Well if I have to wear a tux than she has to wear a bra." "Hannah and Paul have asked their family and friends to join them here today"... (at about this point I blurted "Oh my God!")

Playing by Heart
A Movie/DVD Review

 

Video Rated - R

It's 2:01 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
There I am, watching "Playing by Heart," a video with more star names than, well, it has a lot of big star names, and I'm kinda getting depressed and thinking to myself something like "and this is why I'm in no hurry to find that someone special." Then the ending comes and now I'm getting a little depressed because I'm not in a hurry to find that someone special. Oh well.

"Playing by Heart" stars, in no particular order, Anthony Edwards, Angelina Jolie (who looks incredible, even in a hair net and curlers), Gillian Anderson (I think I will always like her), Jay Mohr, Dennis Quaid, Madeleine Stow, Sean Connery, Ellen Burstyn, Jon Stewart, Gena Rowlands, and Ryan Phillippe. It's not easy to fully explain this movie except to say that it involves a multitude of seemingly separate story lines that nicely come together in the end.

Alright, that's confusing, so let's explain confuse you a little more. The movie shows snippets in the lives of a bunch of couples. You've got a mom comforting her dying son, you've got a dude working lots of different women in bars by making up a lot of stories, you've got a couple having affairs on their respective others but just trying to keep their affair about sex, you've got a theater director who has been hurt too many times and trying to push away the architect who really just wants someone he can love for the rest of his life, you've got a bar-loving girly who talks too much trying to hook a dude who at first seems like an idiot for ignoring her. And finally you've got an old couple coming to terms with their love. I think that takes into account everyone. In those tales, at least until near the end of the movie, you get the feeling that love is a never-ending battle of sadness, but, and in pretty good credit to the writers and such, there is hope for love.

 
I was a little frustrated at this movie, knowing that somehow it would all come together, at least I had hoped, because as the movie went on I kinda felt that you could have almost made sixish different movies based on the lives of these peoples. In doing so the movie kind of dragged and a lot of times I was getting tired of watching mom and the dying son hoping that finally Ryan would get Angelina naked. Sadly, that never happened, but there was a reason which made me feel a little bad for thinking his character was an idiot for not going after such a score. I was also amazed that Jon Stewart kept pursuing Gillian Anderson, the "afraid to get her heart broken" again chick, but Jon kept trying. And I guess, in the end, the moral of the movie is that love only survives if you try.

Kind of slow at spots and definitely more of a chick flick than a dude flick, but it might be a nice film to nuzzle on the couch with a bottle of wine. In the end I give "Playing with Hearts" 3 stars out of 5.

That's if for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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