America's Sweethearts (2001)
America's hottest couple has just broken will take more than special effects to get them back together.
IMDb Rating 5.6 (22,432 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Julia Roberts Kathleen "Kiki" Harrison
John Cusack Eddie Thomas
Billy Crystal Lee Phillips
Catherine Zeta-Jones Gwen Harrison
Hank Azaria Hector Gorgonzolas
Seth Green Danny Wax
Stanley Tucci Dave Kingman
Christopher Walken Hal Weidmann
Alan Arkin Wellness Guide
Scot Zeller Davis
America's Sweethearts is just the kind of romantic froth that makes for pleasant viewing on a lazy, rainy day. While Julia Roberts, John Cusack, and Catherine Zeta-Jones offer high-wattage marquee value, costar and cowriter Billy Crystal reworks Singin' in the Rain for latter-day Hollywood, where estranged superstars Gwen (Zeta-Jones) and Eddie (Cusack) reluctantly promote their latest movie by pretending their messily disputed relationship is still going strong. The studio chief (Stanley Tucci) is desperate for a hit, so he hires a seasoned publicist (Crystal) to orchestrate a press junket that will cast everyone in a profitable light. The catch: The director (Christopher Walken) has abducted his own film in an act of artistic extortion, and Gwen's sister and longtime assistant Kiki (Roberts) is the true object of Eddie's desire.

Chaos ensues at the luxury hotel where the junket is scheduled, and America's Sweethearts pokes easy fun at the cynical machinery that keeps Hollywood running. Quotable quips are delivered in abundance, and while Zeta-Jones is readily convincing as a bitchy narcissist, Roberts effortlessly steals the show with her trademark charms. All of which makes America's Sweethearts lightly entertaining, even though it never rises (like Roberts's earlier Notting Hill) to the level of classic romantic comedy, hampered by a script that too often substitutes easy laughs for ripe satirical invention, flashing a phony grin when it should be baring its fangs. --Jeff Shannon

Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Movie Release Date 7/20/2001
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance)
User Text 1 Language, some crude and sexual humor.
Running Time 103 mins
Color Color
Features Deleted Scenes with Director's Introductions
Theatrical Trailers
Production Notes
Scene Selections
Director Joe Roth
Writer Billy Crystal; Peter Tolan
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael
User Credit 2 Ellen Mirojnick
Producer Susan Arnold; Billy Crystal; Bruce A. Block
User Credit 1 Stephen A. Rotter
Musician James Newton Howard
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 043396063938
Chapters 28
Release Date 2/4/2003
Subtitles French; English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 292
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Love, Male Female Relationship, Depression, Fistfight, Hollywood
Filming Locations:
Descanso Gardens - 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada-Flintridge, California, USA (more)

'Roberts, Julia' turned down the lead role for the supporting one. (more)

Continuity: While standing behind the cameras at Larry King Live, Kiki has a fairly large pimple on her forehead. Right after the show, she's in the hallway talking to Gwen and it's completely gone. (more)

Gwen: Is that your foot?
Kiki: Sorry.
Gwen: Hello? Pedicure!

1 win (more)

Movie Connections:
Spoofs Tammy and the Doctor (1963) (more)

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