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Love Hurts (1990)

The story of Paul Weaver and his strained relationships with women and his family.

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Bud Yorkin

Writer:

Ron Nyswaner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Paul Weaver
Cynthia Sikes ... Nancy Weaver
Judith Ivey ... Susan Volcheck
John Mahoney ... Boomer
Cloris Leachman ... Ruth Weaver
Amy Wright ... Karen Weaver
Mary Griffin Mary Griffin ... Sarah Weaver
Tom Allen Tom Allen ... David Weaver (as Thomas Allen)
Jo Livingston Jo Livingston ... Harold Whipkey
Annabelle Weenick ... Miriam Whipkey
Matt Carlton Matt Carlton ... Doug Whipkey (as Matthew Carlton)
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Grandma Whipkey
Jack Willis Jack Willis ... Danny Volcheck
Buddy Quaid ... Billy Volcheck
Peter Van Norden ... Frank
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The story of Paul Weaver and his strained relationships with women and his family.

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A painfully romantic comedy. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dor do Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA

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Vestron Pictures See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final film directed by Bud Yorkin. See more »

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References 21 Jump Street (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Pennsylvania Polka
Written by Lester Lee and Zeke Manners
Performed by The Floyd Dakil and Larry Randall Band
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Underrated comedy-drama made passable by the strength of its good performances
23 July 2017 | by spencer-w-hensleySee all my reviews

By the beginning of the 1990's Jeff Daniels was mostly known as a leading man in indie comedies like Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild", or he had supporting roles in mainstream dramas like the Oscar- winning "Terms of Endearment." His only real mainstream leading performance came in 1990's Arachnophobia, in which his performance there didn't get the recognition it deserved, as more attention went to John Goodman's role as well as the story and special effects. He was still a few years shy of his roles in Speed and Dumb and Dumber, both released in 1994, that would turn him into a household-name character actor. In between all of those films was this little, hidden, 1990 flick, which got no real critical reviews or audience recognition upon release and mostly remains unknown by the public today. Having enjoyed Daniels other aforementioned roles, I was curious to see if this was a hidden gem, or a piece of trash that should remain in obscurity. Well it's not quite a gem, the story is pretty familiar, and it certainly isn't worth the obscurity status it has received since its release. There are some very good performances here from Daniels and John Mahoney from Fraiser and Cloris Leachman from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

You have seen this story before in many other movies and sitcoms. Daniels plays a playboy-ish New York City insurance salesman who finalizes his divorce with his ex-wife played by Cynthia Sikes. He bought a country house in Pennsylvania for he and his wife and children to live in, but the wife claimed it after the divorce. The ex-wife and children are evacuated from their home as repairs have to be done for six weeks, so they all move in with Daniels' parents played by Mahoney and Leachman. Amidst all of this Daniels sister is getting married, and knowing his ex-wife will be in attendance at the wedding, he initially declines his wedding invitation until his boss convinces him to do otherwise. So Daniels' goes to spend the weekend with his profane, alcoholic father, a mechanic, and his sweet-natured housewife mother. Along the way he attempts to seduce a young, attractive woman whom he almost hits with his car, who is married to an abrasive painter until he finds out that this woman is a bridesmaid in his sister's wedding. Will he choose her, will he attempt to seduce his ex and win her back? What becomes of the rest of his family? The rest of the movie focuses all on those details.

Daniels manages to squeeze in a few laughs from his dialogue and delivery, but where his performance really scores high is in his more poignant moments. He brings a lot of be-livability into his role and we sympathize with him, while also realizing he is a man with a lot of weight on his shoulder because of his past mistakes and wants a second chance to make things right. Mahoney gets the biggest laughs in the movie. His role here is far different from Martin Crane. He is the dad who is like-ably goofy, yet an embarrassment to his family at the same time. Leachman is sadly given very little to do and her role could have really been expanded.

Burt Bacharach's score also gives the movie merit and the score is very pleasant and captures the plot very well. The director is Bud Yorkin who redeems himself here after directing the ill-fated Arthur 2: On the Rocks a few years earlier. The film also has nice locations. It has a bit of a Frank Capra like quality from It's a Wonderful Life in capturing the small-town life.

This is not an outstanding movie by any means. It's not an underrated gem that many will claim as a forgotten masterpiece all these years later, but it is a heartfelt, sincere comedy-drama in spite of its routine story and it has good performances, music, direction and writing for it to be worth a look for sure.

On a side note: I was disappointed to see that the song "Love Hurts" by Nazareth didn't get played at all during the film. I kept expecting it but it didn't turn up. They should have included it at some point during the film.


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