Unconditional Love (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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Unconditional Love (DVD)
Academy Award winner Kathy Bates stars with Rupert Everett in this comic thriller about Grace Beasley and Dirk Simpson a Midwestern woman who has just lost the two most important men in her life, and the long-secret lover of the pop star Grace has idolized for years. Two completely different people forced together by their desire to find a killer.and their shared quest for Unconditional Love.When Grace Beasley's (Bates) husband (Dan Aykroyd)leaves her, she travels to Chicago for a concert by the one man she has adored for years, Welsh singing star Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce). But when Fox is murdered by a serial killer known as The Crossbow Killer,a devastated Beasley travels to London for Fox's funeral. There she encounters Dirk Simpson,who has secretly been Fox's lover for twenty years.Now,these two damaged people with nothing in common other than their love for Fox travel to Chicago determined to bring his murderer to justice.]]>
Despite the success of My Best Friend's Wedding, Aussie director P.J. Hogan certainly hasn't gone Hollywood. Unconditional Love, co-written with his wife and fellow filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse, is a deeply eccentric concoction that ranges from campy comedy to murder mystery. If the whole thing doesn't really come off, it does have much that is funny, giddy, or simply weirder than all-get-out. Kathy Bates enjoys herself as a discarded wife who impulsively flies to England to attend the funeral of her idol, a beloved singer--Jonathan Pryce, in glorious sequined form. Meeting his "valet" (read: secret gay lover), Rupert Everett, she determines to find the dead man's murderer. It's hard to get the tone right on this kind of movie, but it's also easy to like a film that finds time for tributes to Barry Manilow (hey, Hogan rehabilitated ABBA in Muriel's Wedding) and the reassuring spirit of Julie Andrews. --Robert Horton
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1, 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 2261741
- Director : P. J. Hogan
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : June 1, 2004
- Actors : Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett, Dan Aykroyd, Julie Andrews, Barry Manilow
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : New Line Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0000ARD7O
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Grace begins to explore what unconditional love means as she realizes she can make her own way in iife. It's a movie about the courage to move forward, and about being one's authentic self, about caring and about helping friends, about grieving, and about having a few laughs too. It's also about change, believing in oneself, and taking chances. It is a very enjoyable film. Several guest stars appear in this film, including Julie Andrews, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lynn Redgrave, and.........BARRY MANILOW! Has a cute "feel-good" ending, too.
For some unfathomable reason (Maybe because most critics are males who prefer dark, male-dominated action/thriller/crime/car chase flicks) Rotten Tomatoes gave this light-hearted satire a 14% approval. First of all, no movie with Kathy Bates EVER deserves 14$. That's absurd. So I was gratified to see Amazon reviewers have given it a much deserved 78% rating.
The airplane scene with Julie Andrews alone is worth the price of renting this. Enjoy!
Overall, I recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh. This one will do it for you.
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The story revolves around Grace, middle aged American housewife and fan of the crooner Victor Fox. When Fox is murdered, she travels to his funeral in England, meets his gay lover Dirk, and the two set out together to hunt down his killer.
Kathy Bates is wonderful as the frumpy middle aged American "home maker" Grace whose whole life revolves around pop idol Victor Fox, played by a glitter-suited Jonathan Pryce, who is only surpassed in the department of pop star parody by the utterly un-besuited Bill Nighy in Love Actually. Priceless. Or should that be pryceless? Meredith Eaton is absolutely gorgeous as Maudey and plays the 'dwarf with an attitude' with panache, standing beside and up to eight foot tall Rupert Everett. Hilarious! Everett, rather unkempt for once, and not the snooty member of the English upper class he plays so often, has a few good moments early on in the film, but seems a little embarrassed towards the end. I can't blame him, his character (and he as an actor) deserves better. Dan Aykroyd turns in a solid performance as Grace's long suffering husband, Lynn Redgrave had me in stitches as the uptight English sister of the Pryce character, and Julie Andrews gleefully parodies herself in a couple of cameos, breaking into song at every opportunity.
Watch this for a bit of a laugh, smile at the end, and don't start looking for fault with it (because you will find it if you do). Not the greatest film ever made, but quite enjoyable. It was cheap and cheerful, and provided light entertainment and a bit of escapism for an evening.