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Plot: A group of newcomers to the country music business seek love and stardom. Runtime: 116 mins Release Date: 27 Aug 1993
This movie is amusing, touching AND captivating the whole way through. River Phoenix' performance, from his excellent singing voice to his southern accent, made me believe he was an up and coming country western singer. Phoenix becomes the insecure yet arrogant James Wright and I believe he played this character perfectly even with the obvious personal struggles in his life. River and Samantha Mathis have palpable chemistry that makes you believe James and Miranda can save their difficult relationship. All the actors in this film did a good job and the story line is enjoyable and unique. <more>
There is not one wasted moment of screen time as every scene is filled with continuity and story-driven dialogue.
Though I have never been in love with country music or movies, I like this one, it´s funny and entertaining. I consider that River was a big actor for a small role, but anyway I liked it. My frustration though was when I bought the CD, and the music was completely different from the ones on the movie, not telling that ,my favorite two songs which are the last song performed by Samantha and other by River are not only different versions from the movie ones but they are not part of the soundtrack!. I like Samantha, Sandra and River so, I had a good time watching it.
Great Movie (by ilove91x)
River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Sandra Bullock, and Dermot Mulroney all shine in this wonderful movie about ambition and love. I am not a country music fan, but I really liked this movie. I would say if you like a good movie, then you would like this. There are no explosions or anything just a great story and great actors.
Love it, love it, love it (by LadyCoops)
This film is so underrated it is upsetting. It brings such classics as "Big Bar Hair" & "Heaven Knocking On My Door" which are fantastic!!! But all joking aside this is an excellent film and a real gem which has been passed by, maybe for it's kookiness. Yes, Sandy Bullock in a onesy may scare a few of you, but in country music, how else do you expect the pain to come through. It is a tender film filled with a sense of compassion & togetherness, it is way up there in my all-time fave film list.... it will make you want to stand on top of a building in Nashville <more>
& scream "Look out music city - here I am and I ain't ever leavin"Excellent performances from River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis & Sandra Bullock & Dermot Mulroney's portrayal of Kyle will have you squirming in your seat for all the wrong reasons. This is out on DVD soon .... order it, you'll be glad you did......
This movie didn't get much notice when it opened, but it's a really fun "slice of life" look at young singer-songwriters trying to make it in Nashville. River Phoenix and Samantha Mathis really got into their roles, and the rest of the cast fill in nicely. The music they make, plus all the rest of the music on the soundtrack, and the cameo appearances by such folk as Jimmy Dale Gilmore, make it a pleasure.
cute and enjoyable (by LiLCRAZiKATEz)
When i first saw this movie i just watched it because i like River Phoenix. It is not one of River's best but its a good one. Once i saw it i thought it was really good because of the music. I'm not a big country fan but i like the music they put in this movie. The whole love triangle was a good plot. Sandra Bullock made it have some funny parts. It's very cute and very enjoyable. I would recommend it to female especially because it is a chick flick mostly. Whoever is a Elvis fan must go out and see this movie too. Even though it doesn't revolve around Elvis he has an <more>
important part in it. I love the movie go out and see it.
A very well made and true to life romantic comedy with realistic situations and characters and catchy songs. The story is bittersweet and without easy answers yet still satisfying. Criminally underrated piece of Bogdanovich's career.
Bound For Glory (by tieman64)
Hollywood has always been good when it comes to films set in Nashville or dealing with country music. Here we have Peter Bogdanovich's "The Thing Called Love", a drama which centres on the lives of four young musicians. It's a fairly conventional narrative - our heroes deal with "love triangles" and the pitfalls of chasing one's dreams - but Bogdanovich skirts around most of the genre's clichés, and does well to capture the romance of Nashville; a world of struggling lyricists, wounded country singers, moody bar rooms, and southern drawls.Fittingly, <more>
"The Thing Called Love" attempts to deal with the difficulties present in pursuing any kind of love, be it the love of a woman, man or song. Bogdanovich's conclusion seems to be that the pursuit of desires hamper the desires of others. Or, in the case of this film, for one singer to be successful another must not be. For one couple to be in love, another potential couple must not be. End result: the film's trampled hero learns to put aside the wishes of others and selfishly pursue her own dreams, while other characters learn to be more responsive to the wishes of others. Final image: friends and foes sharing a truck ride together, the dreams of the few and the many awkwardly reconciled.7.9/10 – "Love" stars actor River Phoenix in the final role before his death. For this plot done better, see "Tender Mercies" with Robert Duvall, Hal Ashby's "Bound For Glory" and Altman's "Prairie Home Companion" and "Nashville". See too "Country Strong", "Crazy Heart", "Payday", "Coal Miners Daughter" and "Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt".Worth one viewing.