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Sweethearts [DVD]

Janeane Garofalo , Mitch Rouse , Aleks Horvat    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Janeane Garofalo, Mitch Rouse, Margaret Cho, Bobcat Goldthwait, Van Quattro
  • Directors: Aleks Horvat
  • Writers: Aleks Horvat
  • Producers: Janeane Garofalo, Buckley Norris, Aleks Horvat, Hank Nelken, Jill Silverthorne
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AWRA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Arliss (Mitch Rouse) realises that he's in for trouble when he shows up at the Asylum Cafe and his blind-date is nowhere to be found. He is expecting the slender, virginal blind-date Jasmine, who answered his lonely hearts ad. Instead, a strange looking woman in black (Janeane Garofalo) appears. Realising he has been duped, Arliss attempts to make his escape. But as events begin to unfold it seems that two imperfect strangers, can become more than friends in the strangest of circumstances.

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Arliss (Mitch Rouse - The Truth About Cats and Dogs) realises that he’s in for trouble when he shows up at the Asylum Café and his blind date is nowhere to be found. He is expecting the slender, virginal blind-date, Jasmine, who answered his lonely hearts ad. Instead, a strange-looking woman in black (Janeane Garofalo - Cop Land) appears.

Realising he has been duped, Arliss attempts to make his escape. Being held hostage in a café by a manic-depressive woman was not quite the romantic evening that Arliss had hoped for. But as events begin to unfold it seems that two imperfect strangers can become more than friends in the strangest of circumstances.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweethearts 1 Dec 2003
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Written, produced and directed by Alecs Horvats and Jeanane Garofalo, this film is as close to watching a play in your own living room as you will get. The intimacy of the characters draws you into the “Asylum” coffee shop as if you were sitting at the table next to Garofalo and Rouse. Ordinary guy, Arliss, finds himself on a date with the rapid cycle manic-depressive Jasmine. As the situation spirals out of control the tightly written dialogue constantly second-guesses the viewer. I found myself thinking, “He should say this or do that” only to have Arliss try in the next scene. The acting is excellent with Margaret Cho and Bobcat Goldthwaite expertly supporting the main pair of protagonists. A tragedy in the true sense, the inevitable result of the collision between the characters leaves the viewer blinking like Arliss in the morning sun wondering “Why the hell is there not more films like this and less like Garofalo’s “The Truth about Cats and Dogs”?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best acting performance of her career. 22 Sep 2013
By Dara C
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Janeane Garofalo is really good in this film.
well worth a look.
dark emotional & funny.
have to be in the right mood for it.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Her Best! 28 Oct 2005
By Jessika - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie blew me away. I either like a movie, or I don't, but I never spend hours obsessing over a story... I obsessed over this one. I thought it was going to be a movie along the same lines as 'The Truth About Cats & Dogs' (which I really liked), but I was way off the mark. Once 'Sweethearts' was over, I hit rewind and watched it again. When it ended, I made my husband watch it with me. He hit rewind and watched it again. It is such a thought-provoking story, a true antithesis of the basic Hollywood romantic comedy. The foundation of the story, the relationship that develops, is beautiful because it doesn't sugar-coat anything. Janeane's performance is flawless, and you feel each moment with her. The ending is gut-wrenching, but is integral to the story... If it were changed to match the banality of the "Hollywood Ending", the movie would suffer greatly. Do yourself a favor and buy (or at least rent!) this movie. After being a rare item for almost eight years, it is finally available on DVD. Margaret Cho and Mitch Rouse are wonderful, as well.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the antidote to vapid romantic comedy 30 Jun 2005
By Nathan T. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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When I 1st rented this, it was due entirely to Janeane Garofalo being in it ( I'd watch her read the paper ) & what seemed like an interesting, off-beat story idea. It is the only movie that has given her enough substance to really sink her teeth into on screen & a pleasant suprise for those who like their entertainment dark & complicated.

The Set-up : An average guy ( Mitch Rouse ) places a personal ad. A gal responds ( Jeanane Garofalo ) & what results is the 'blind date from hell' including a gun, a hostage & a caustic bartender ( Margaret Cho ).

What transpires feels almost like a play, sparse and character driven. There is some comedy ( low key ) and romance ( unexpected ), but what really makes this stand out is some dark, intense, emotional scenes that don't pull their punches & an ending that avoids tidy completion in favor of ambiguous thought provocation.

Kudos to Aleks Horvat who has writing / directing / producing credits - he really went out of his way to create something different without insulting anyone's intelligence, & Jeanene Garofalo, for giving what has to be one of her finest performances.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Janeane Garofalo's best performance 22 Jan 2006
By Grigory's Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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Sweethearts is worth seeing for one reason-Janeane Garofalo (she also co-produced the film). She gives her best performance of her career. She plays a complicated, very emotional woman (not unlike herself) who is looking for a companion for what may be her last night on Earth, as she says she wants to commit suicide. She may be looking for someone to save her, or maybe not. Janeane's performance is a tour-de-force of all human emotions, and it's quite remarkable. She shows depth and substance that was indeed very rarely shown in the "ironic" 1990's. Much of Janeane's film work is awful, which is really a shame, as she actually has talent (which is on vivid display here). I never understood why she became a comic, as she has a very serious and intelligent side to her. Comics have great difficulty in taking anything serious, and are, more often than not, not particularly bright (except for the great ones, like Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, etc., etc). Luckily, Janeane got into acting, which is where she belongs. This woman can act if she's just given the right material. Too often she chooses horrible projects (like some horrible made for TV movies and TV shows past their prime, like The West Wing and 24). One feels there's a huge low self esteem issue in her, a real one, that she feels she can't really do anything too complex. I say BS.

Unfortunately, the film itself is a little sloppy at times, and the lead actor (Mitch Rouse) is barely adequate. His performance is very weak, especially when compared to the magnificence of Janeane's performance, and it subsequently drags the film down. The comic relief of Margaret Cho and Bobcat Goldwaith is out of place as well. For some reason, the film never made it to theaters, and was released directly to video around 1998. Luckily, it's on DVD now. While the film itself isn't perfect, Garofalo's performance is really something to behold....
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, underrated! 27 Feb 2005
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Janeane Garofalo stars in this movie as a young woman who answers a personal ad in the paper as a sort of 'last chance'. she meets the man at a cafe but doesn't tell him who she is right away making for some light hearted fun before this movie takes a very unexpectedly dark turn. That's more info than you need. Janeane Garofalo does an amazing job in this movie! This is the best I've ever seen her. Her performance is funny, whimsy, and dark all at the same time. She shows a vulnerubility here that I've never seen in her before and it fits her fine. The film has a mystery ending, one that leaves you wondering about the fate of one of the charachters without giving you many clues and this is one of the few imperfections in this movie. This is a love/compassion search story that's better and more watchable than "Closer" with performances at times better than any in "Closer"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff 8 Dec 2012
By Martin J. Coady - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a low budget, independent film--art film, I guess. Both the leads give powerful performances telling a poignant story of the insecurity and pain of daily life; the stuff everybody's life is made of. I love this sort of movie, but must admit it is not for everyone. It is NOT a happy ending, romantic comedy. In fact, it is not any kind of comedy. The power of the story and the performances rival "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" Rouse is no Richard Burton, but does a credible job and Garofalo's performance compares well with any I've ever seen. The viewer can feel her agony, her desperation. The character reminds me of Cissy Spacek's in "'Night Mama," another portrayal of a life so desperate and painful that ending it is a rational decision.

Another reviewer either here or at IMDB concluded that the director was at fault for what he deemed to be poor lighting, but the lighting, the occasional fuzziness in the scene all contribute to the somber, serious mood. So even when a kooky character says something bizarre, it remains clear the mood is not light-hearted. Again, this is not a comedy.
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