This 1994 romantic comedy has been released in full Blu-ray disc glory. Unfortunately, there are no extras to go with the new release, though the quality (excellent) makes up for that.
Though I’m not normally the biggest fan of romantic comedies, I have to admit that I did enjoy this one. So, I’m going to say this is a cute film. It’s heart-warming and life-affirming. Clichéd, yes, but true. It shows that there are still some good people in the world, and though this film is over ten years old, it’s nice in this current climate to be reminded that there can be good in the world.
Presented as a fairytale, complete with narration from Angel (Issac Hayes), nice-guy cop, Charlie (Nicolas Cage) finds himself in a cafe and short of cash for a tip, so he promises waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) double the tip or half the winnings of his lottery ticket. It is predictable - you can see what’s going to happen with the winnings and where the romance is going to go, and we get given the same-same message that money corrupts - but I was somehow able to overlook this fact and enjoy where the film took me. I think I even caught myself smiling in the last few moments - highly unusual for a cynic. This fairytale of good winning over evil is topped off with it’s own “wicked witch” in the form of Muriel, Charlie’s greedy, self-centred wife whose goal in life is to rich or be married to a rich man.
The instant chemistry between Charlie and Yvonne is great to see. Their ease around each other is placed in contrast with Charlie’s relationship with his wife (Rosie Perez) and leaves Charlie with a dilemma: his loveless, childless marriage or the spark of connection with a complete stranger.
Though for the most part this film follows the predictable road of a clichéd romantic comedy, it does have the occasional unexpected turn. Overall, this is a nice little film that reminds us that there is still some humanity left in the world.