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Movie Review: 'When a Man Loves a Woman'

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When a Man Loves a Woman

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
126 minutes
performer:
Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Ellen Burstyn, Tina Majorino, CCH Pounder
director:
Luis Mandoki
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
author:
76897, 1565
genre:
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C

As if we needed more proof that they just don’t make ’em like they used to, here’s an updated The Lost Weekend to set you pining for the original. This time the alcoholic is Alice (Ryan), and she’s set atop the most extreme, Hollywoodized heights before she takes the big fall: beautiful children, romantic husband (Garcia), cozy house. After the ordeal of rehab, it looks like the glitzy goods will all be restored, giving viewers something to weep over and to covet simultaneously. The movie has plenty of good intentions but always spikes them with teary manipulation — a very mixed cocktail indeed. C+

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