Romantic comedies are pretty much a dime a dozen. They're usually quite
predictable and too cute for their own good. Addicted to Love falls mostly
into that same mold but, somehow, it remains quite watchable.
to Love (1997)
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Meg Ryan, Tchéky
Karyo, and Kelly Preston
Matthew Broderick plays Sam,
an astronomer, who's in love with Linda (Kelly Preston), a grade-school
teacher. When Linda announces that she's
going to accept a temporary teaching job in New York City, Sam is heartbroken
but anxiously awaits her return. On the day she is to arrive home, Sam
receives a "Dear John" letter, delivered by her father.
Sam decides he will travel
to New York and win her back. Upon arriving at her apartment, he finds
that she's living with a man named Anton (Tchéky
Karyo). For some strange reason, Sam decides to watch the new couple from
an abandoned building across the street and wait for the right time to
win Linda back.
As he watches, a mysterious motorcyclist appears and takes up residence
in Sam's building. The motorcyclist turns out to be Maggie (Meg Ryan),
Anton's ex-fiance. She, too, wants to watch the new couple but she doesn't
want Anton back. Rather, she wants to get even with him for using her.
Together, Sam and Maggie plan several lame-brained schemes to break the
As movies go, Addicted
to Love is incredibly predictable in terms of
what happens with the characters. Even simply watching the trailers for
this movie allows one to figure out the plot and resolution. But the fun
of Addicted to Love is getting through the plot and to the resolution.
Although Meg Ryan and Matthew
Broderick are fun to watch, the real nod of approval goes to Tchéky
Karyo for his portrayal of Anton. He steals the movie by showing a great
range of acting ability with a limited
amount of screen time. Broderick's Sam and Ryan's Maggie look like cartoon
characters compared to Karyo's Anton.
The direction by Griffin Dunne, who's more recognized for his acting
than his directing, is very good. He gives the film a stylish look which
simultaneously resembles old American love stories and contemporary European
films at the same time.
If the story wasn't so predictable, this would have ranked much higher.
However, with the current glut of slam-bang action movies and mindless
gimmicky comedies, you might want to try Addicted to Love anyway. It's
got just enough spunk to make it worth a look.
the restaurant reviewer, is played by Griffin Dunne's father, Dominick
Dunne (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)