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I Love Trouble

  I Love Trouble Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
3.00 /10
Peter Brackett ........... Nick Nolte, Sabrina Peterson ......... Julia Roberts , Sam Smotherman ........... Saul Rubinek
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Directed by: Charles Shyer
Written by: Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer

Released: 1994
Origin: US
Length: 123


Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts compete and fall in love as ace reporters cutely competing for the same story.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Don't take the trouble to see this unlovely, dull, interminable shambles. Husband-and-wife writer-director-producers Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers (who did a decent remake of Father of the Bride ) presumably intended to imitate classic screwball comedies like His Girl Friday or Woman of the Year; but those films had wit, charm and credible stories. This has none.
"Mr. Shyer and Miss Meyers commit a number of sins against logic, but they know how to concoct creepy or scary situations and keep the audience involved, if not exactly riveted. The stars come to their rescue. Nick Nolte, who used to be a blunt instrument, has evolved a sprightly looseness and a saving twinkle; he now seems as agile mentally as he is flexible physically. Julia Roberts proves yet again that she is not only one of the prettiest of women (the minor flaws merely humanizing her beauty), but also a genuine actress. And Mr. Nolte's breezy blondness and Miss Roberts's suave darkness complement each other handily. There are well-chosen supporting actors, action that races to all kinds of photogenic or odd locations, dark hints of shady dealings in Washington, a neat score by David Newman, and a few authentic jolts. You may not love I Love Trouble, but you'll have no trouble sailing through it on an otherwise somnolent summer evening."
(John Simon)
"The movie is not without charm. But maybe it would have been funnier if the evil cow conglomerate had been replaced by something sillier and more lightweight; it's hard to sustain a romantic comedy in the face of death threats. The only purpose of the movie is to create chemistry between Roberts and Nolte... Julia Roberts is by general agreement the No. 1 female star in the movies today, and so I watched her like a hawk: Does she have the stuff to justify her paycheck? I think sometimes she does. She's lovely, she's graceful, and she can handle light romance. She never pushes too hard. Nolte makes a good foil for her, with his exasperation and macho ego. But their relationship is so featherweight, so delicate, that it keeps getting ground up in the wheels of a conventional thriller plot. If only they'd been trying to scoop each other over something utterly inconsequential. Tame leopards and dinosaur bones, for example."
(Roger Ebert)
“Yet further proof of how hard it is to make a souffle.”
"Nolte must be twice Roberts's age, and their relationship is far from delicious; it's closer to scandalous. Nolte, embarrassed (I would guess), gives a distanced, grinning performance, the first hackwork he's done in years. Roberts is charming but rather wan. The filmmaking team of Nancy Meyers (writer-producer) and Charles Shyer (writer-director) has miscalculated before: Meyers & Shyer have a tendency to revive old Hollywood genres only to kill them. Here, they fill out the battling-professionals formula with cliches from standard action movies. Corpses fall out of closets; cars go hurtling through the night; people crash through glass and fall off catwalks. Ah, the journalist's life!"
(David Denby, New York)
"The mind glances off of I Love Trouble, finding on its Formica-like surface no more purchase for thought than the spirit finds for entertainment."
(Stuart Klawans, Nation)
"You know a movie has the blahs when you can't decide which of the following you care about less: whether the couple onscreen will solve the mystery or get into bed with each other. Straight out of the His Girl Friday school of newspaper romances, Trouble is anemically formulaic and completely uninspired."
(Leah Rozen, People Weekly)
"The chemistry experiment doesn't take; the two could be acting on separate soundstages. The jokes are thin, the comedy is spotty, and the elements of suspense are scattered chaotically."
(Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly)
"Style is a Hollywood commodity even rarer these days than a pretty woman. Films don't breeze; they wheeze. Directors aren't pastry chefs anymore; they are construction foremen. Watching I Love Trouble, you can see the erection of a new Julia Roberts statue. The monument is eye-catching but bland, and Lord, it must weigh a ton."
(Richard Corliss, Time)
“The most run-of-the-mill newspaper picture of 50 years ago was briskier, funnier, more exciting (and an hour shorter) than Charles Shyer’s feeble offering.”
(Philip French, Observer)

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