A marvelous combination of perfect casting and a sizzling script. William Hurt, Albert Brooks, and Holly Hunter are such natural talents they could make reading a dictionary watchable, but seeing them weave through James L Brooks punchy dialogue is a delight to behold. The three form the foundation of this drama that is as much about journalistic ambition as it is about love.
Hunter and Brooks are principled workaholics at a news station juggling a platonic friendship that seems destined for more but lacks a driving spark. Enter Hurt, a charming though self-admittedly stupid news anchor, who Hunter at once resents and yet can’t help falling for. What seems like a ready-built rom-com plot, however, churns into something else entirely. It’s a delicious film crackling with wit and character and is as funny as it is astute.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actor: Albert Brooks, Christian Clemenson, Ed Wheeler, Frank Doubleday, Holly Hunter, Jack Nicholson, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Leo Burmester, Lois Chiles, Marc Shaiman, Marita Geraghty, Martha Smith, Robert Prosky, Robert Walsh, Stephen Mendillo, William Hurt
Director: James L. Brooks
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