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