A Dozen Thoughts I had While Watching Addicted to Love and One Fine Day on Groundhog Day…

Why am I doing this? Watching Addicted to Love from the ungodly hour of midnight till 1:33 AM. Is it because Meg Ryan looks (really) fine in a feather boa. Is it because when it starts I’m instantly in a good mood. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because Addicted to Love is a film full of little surprises, but they’re not quite where they should be.
radio-rowMaggie and Sam shop for electronic surveillance devices on “Radio Row”in Manhattan. As an electronic engineering student in the 90s, this would have been my idea of heaven. A place where you could plunge a sugar scoop into the barrel and scoop out a couple of pounds of resistors onto the scale. “And could I have a pound of field effect transistors with that?”charming-megThis movie has an interesting, humorous view of romantic obsession. It is a good romantic comedy, but it is mostly a vehicle for Meg Ryan, who wears a different outfit in every scene as she flirts with the camera quite shamelessly.
linda-and-maggieMeg and Kelly Preston never share a scene. Why? Does Maggie has a clause in her contract that no other blonde will appear in the frame while she (the party of the first part) is on screen. Side note: Meg Ryan has huge eyes. That helps in the movies. Just ask Anne Hathaway.
huge-eyesFunniest line: The jiltors have been making love very loudly while Ryan and Broderick (the jiltees) listen in from their hide-out across the street. Ryan is seething with rage, but Broderick is in denial and cries, “Listen Catwoman, at the end of day, she’s coming back to me!” Ryan glares at him and says, “Let me tell you something, Sam. The only way that girl is coming back to you is if a blast of semen catapults her across the street and through the window and.” Now, that I would have paid good money to see.Meg's Best Work?Watching Meg Ryan lift Addicted to Love up on her preternaturally gifted shoulders is a bit like watching Hercules lift the world. Even a film built on a nasty premise feels light and buoyant in her care. For a good time call Maggie.is-that-scarlettMaggie = Meg Ryan’s best work ever? Discuss. Hang on is that Lost in Translation‘s Charlotte over Maggie’s right shoulder?melanie-and-the-goldfishKelly Preston is the wallpaper actress here, adding little spice to the character of Linda or to this four-horsemen cocktail. The lovely and sardonically funny Michelle would have worked wonders in this movie. La Pfeiffer can catch the tone of a real New Yorker, she can do silly. And don’t you think that the villains should have to work for their “best in show” accolades.
clooney-the-lotharioBroderick’s milquetoast is a poor foil to Meg’s pulchritudinous, flibbertigibbet. Karyo’s Anton has his moments, but watching him my mind flashes to George Clooney harnessing his Italian accent and lothario-like charm for a role that’s all about biker chicks constantly throwing themselves at him and saying things like, “I’m gentle, but brutal”.
antonWith the exception of Meg Ryan, these people aren’t very likeable or funny. That said, I do prefer this film to One Fine Day which doesn’t hold up as well in comparison. You can say “told ya so” in the comments, if you like.
credits-roll-again-and-again-2The Credits Roll. Wait. Meg Ryan, Spiderman and The Hulk were all in this? Meg had top billing? I imagine this was my subconscious pining, understandable when I’m drunk on Havana Club rum and sleep deprivation.10-thoughts-headerFinal Word? One Fine Day: C, Michelle: B-, Addicted to Love: B+, Meg Ryan: A



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15 responses to “A Dozen Thoughts I had While Watching Addicted to Love and One Fine Day on Groundhog Day…

  1. Great piece of writing! Well-done!!! –Paul

  2. Can’t go wrong with One Fine Day on Groundhog Day! I think the main reason I prefer it to Addicted to Love (which I love for the music and the two main male leads) is Michelle… she is WONDERFUL!!! (and Meg Ryan just doesn’t ever come close!)

  3. Once again, a wonderful post! I thoroughly enjoy your writing style!
    Rough weekend Paul??? 😉

  4. I beg of you, will you please watch “Kate and Leopold”

  5. Great post 🙂 You know three things popped in my head while reading this post 🙂 When Broderick’s character mentions Catwoman it feels uncanny considering the fact that this is a blog about the films of Meg Ryan and Michelle Pfeiffer. Addicted to Love does not feature Pfeiffer, but she did play Catwoman once 🙂 When you mention electronics, one wonders how this film would have played out in the seventies (a la a comedy version of The Conversation with Gene Hackman). Also, when you mention Pfeiffer capturing the tone of a real New Yorker, I can’s help but think of her Angela de Marco character in Married to the Mob 🙂 On an unrelated note, I have been reading some online stuff written by British horror film fan and writer and film critic Kim Newman. He writes some pretty interesting stuff. Anyway, keep up the great work as always and I always look forward to reading a new blog post on here about the films of Meg Ryan and Michelle Pfeiffer 🙂

    • Thanks for the visit, your comment popped up just as I was getting ready for work. It certainly brightened a bleak Monday morning.
      It’s uncanny how often we’re on the same wavelength. I also wonder about Broderick’s Catwoman reference, A nod to his Ladyhawke co-star? No doubt it made La Pfeiffer roll her eyes when she watched this film.

      P.S. I will have a look at Kim Newman’s site.

  6. I love posts like this! You know, I’ve never seen Addicted To Love, but I am tempted now! 🙂

  7. Ah! So you watch Meg Ryan films. Yeah, then you should definitely watch K&L. 😀

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