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Review: Mad Love (1995)

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This movie remains to be one of my favorites from Chris O’ Donnell. It may not be his best film ever but it’s one of the first few films that I’ve seen from him. O’Donnell plays Matt Leland, a straight arrow teenager who fell for Casey Roberts (Drew Barrymore), the new girl in school who lives across their home and suffers bipolar disorder. With hormones raging and all, they run away from home hoping that they could escape “reality” and be on their own but it was doubly hard for Matt because of Casey’s condition and they both have to realize something before they end up doing something stupid.

Despite bad reception from the critics, I still find the whole thing watchable. It has heart even though the storyline’s really weak – the film was able to maintain a stoic semblance of what teenagers are going through at some point in time.

Mad Love may have failed miserably in delivering a perfect story line but with good sounds, the fantastic duo of O’Donnell and Barrymore – I should think that those are more than enough to give this movie a chance to be seen.

Director: Antonia Bird

Cast: Chris O’ Donnell, Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard, Joan Allen, Jude Ciccolella, Kevin Dunn, Elaine Miles, Liev Schreiber

Rating: 8/10

Via PEx Movie Challenge – Movies Released Before 2000

Review: Scent Of A Woman (1992)

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Scent of a Woman tells the story of blind retired Lt. Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino) who hires a young guardian (Chris O’ Donnell) to assist him over his Thanksgiving weekend plan in New York – a weekend that changed both of their lives forever.

I’ve seen this film for several times now and seeing it again does not lose its effect on me. Pacino’s amazing performance (which gave him his first Oscar) is just beyond. This was a cinematic performance at its best. Singular. Perfect.

The premise of the film may not offer that much but each scene from the actors led by Pacino created a dynamic cinematic performance. O’ Donnell’s fresh take as a young and naive student who struggles to find his voice was the perfect partner for Pacino.  This film delivers a heart-warming rendition of stature, family and life as we know it.

Rating: 9.5/10
Director: Martin Brest
Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’ Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Based on  Il buio e il miele by Giovanni Arpino