Thursday, August 19, 2010

Movie Meme Day 19 - Best movie cast


This movie is not the best movie, but it's one of my favorites and doesn't have a weak link in the entire cast.  Playing by Heart stars Gene Rowlands and Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid and Madeline Stowe, Jillian Anderson and Jon Stewart, Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillipe, Ellen Burstyn and Jay Mohr.  Each pair plays a couple, some married, some not.  There isn't much else to the supporting cast, with a ensemble this big.  Some movies that are based on a series of smaller stories that eventually interrelate fall really flat because you're only interested in a few of the stories and hate others.   
Playing by Heart doesn't have a weak storyline - they're all important and interesting and do a terrific job connecting towards the end.  Every time I see the movie, I like a different couple a bit better.  Connery and Rowlands are a married couple.  She has a cooking show and he runs her productions company.  He's discovered he has cancer and she's discovered he might have had an affair 20 years ago.  They argue and bicker about what it means to be in love and how a relationship lasts for so many years.  The final reveal about the whole movie takes place at their marriage vow renewal.  Check it out.

5 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I keep meaning to see this...I love me some Angie.

kaispace said...

That IS a fantastic cast. I still have The Outsiders as my number 1. Look how many stars came outta that film!!!

Jess said...

@Andrew - Check it out, it's a good flick.

@Kai - I just love this, a total mix of formerly big stars with current top runners (though Jon Stewart no longer makes movies). The Outsiders is a fortune-telling kind of movie. Haven't seen it in decades.

Buttercup said...

This sounds good. Can I nominate "Singing in the Rain"?

Reel Whore said...

Wow, reaching back. I really enjoyed this movie when I saw it. Excellent choice for best cast.