While this film flopped! My awareness of its existence came to light in the mid 1990s when it was broadcast on UK television in the days of analogue. 'The Thing Called Love' (1993) is a unique piece of cinema with tones of subtle ingenuity that I have adored since I was a teenager. From a personal perspective what it offers is a sociological/ or social realist perspective about four young individuals inhabiting the world of country music in Nashville (two women/ two men). Initially, what draws these characters together is their struggle to be singer/ songwriters. In this way, what is portrayed is a highly competitive music environment that exhibits and focuses on the varying levels of talent and experience among these individuals. Ultimately, what we see unfold are the complex relations of human interaction through comedy and song that express discourses on matters of the heart in which All are invariably crossed in love. Finally, be prepared for a narrative that offers a strong female lead in the casting of a young Samantha Mathis that is coupled with the phenomenal acting talents of the late River Phoenix (final film), Dermot Mulroney and Sandra Bullock. N.B. The DVD contains a few extra-textual features on the films production for fans that take pleasure in those additional pieces of knowledge (as well as the original theatrical trailer).