chemistry between Gere and Roberts notwithstanding, this is most
impressive for the brilliant directorial efforts of Garry Marshall.
To think such a story would be palatable for mainstream America, but
also revered as a great romantic comedy by many people 8 to 80 is
nothing short of astonishing. Great cinematography, a memorably
terrific supporting cast featuring Hector Elizondo and Ralph Bellamy,
and a perfect balance of fluff comedy and serious drama. Marshall
realizes that this kind of story happens only in Hollywood, and
nicely bookends the film alludes to the dreams, fantasies and
settings of Hollywood. That said, the "reform" of Gere from financial
barracuda to caring philanthopist is neither interesting nor
plausible and his attempted takeover of a business owned by Bellamy
to break it up and sell it for profit provide the films only lulls.
Yet the Gigi-esque qualities shine through and Roberts is a
revelation in her breakthrough role.
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