Movies America’s Sweethearts (2001, Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal) Published 4 months ago on October 25, 2018 Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas (Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cusack) were the nation’s favourite on and off-screen couple until they split, with her career going down the tubes, and him booking into rehab. Now, re-united by director Hal Weidmann (Christopher Walken) for his sci-fi spectacular, they are once again an item. Well, not quite; she’s enamoured with a well-endowed Spaniard (Hank Azaria) while he’s falling for her sister and gofer Kiki (Julia Roberts). As Kiki and studio PR Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal) prepare to premiere a film no-one has actually yet seen in a Nebraska hotel, the two stars must pretend to be passionately in love, although they passionately hate each other, and hope that there is a film to show… Veteran producer Joe Roth turns director, with Crystal and Peter Tolan’s smart script offering plenty of laughs at Hollywood’s expense. The film has been favourably compared to Singin’ in the Rain for its plot, but is inevitably less affectionate and more acerbic than the musical. Crystal gives himself the best lines but the stellar cast all pitch in, with Roberts happily donning a fat suit before slimming down to gain Cusack’s affections, and Walken the epitome of a reclusive, slightly weird director (he edits his films in the Unabomber’s cabin, which he bought from the government). And as well as the wit, there are plenty of sight gags, the best being a Doberman’s continual fascination with Crystal’s crotch. production details USA | 102 minutes | 2001 Director: Joe Roth Writers: Billy Crystal, Peter Tolan cast Julia Roberts as Kathleen “Kiki” Harrison Billy Crystal as Lee Phillips Catherine Zeta-Jones as Gwen Harrison John Cusack as Eddie Thomas Hank Azaria as Hector Gorgonzolas Stanley Tucci as Dave Kingman Christopher Walken as Hal Weidmann Alan Arkin as Wellness Guide Seth Green as Danny Wax Rainn Wilson as Dave O’Hanlon Eric Balfour as Security Guard Scot Zeller as Davis Larry King as Himself Steve Pink as Limo Driver Marty Belafsky as Security Guard Keri Lynn Pratt as Leaf Weidmann Maria Canals-Barrera as Adinah Wendy Schenker as Maura Klein Jim Ferguson as Mort Josephson Lisa Joyner as Laura Messinger Byron Allen as Byron Allen Patrick Stoner as Bob Sam Rubin as Ken Shaun Robinson as Nevada Anchorwoman Charley Steiner as Nevada Anchorman Jeff Michael as Network Anchor Sibila Vargas as Reporter Jane Yamamoto as Reporter on Patio Maree Cheatham as Matronly Interviewer Alexander Enberg as Larry King Producer Sarah Loew as Larry King Producer Joseph Feingold as Judge Sherry Jennings as Bar Hostess Austin L. Sorrels as Little Boy Shawn Driscoll as Sean Ann Cusack as Assistant to Lee Phillips (uncredited) Raquel Baldwin as Dancer (uncredited) Emma Roberts as Girl in Purple T-shirt (uncredited) Alan ArkinBilly CrystalCatherine Zeta-JonesChristopher WalkenComedyEric BalfourHank AzariaJoe RothJohn CusackJulia RobertsPeter TolanRainn WilsonRomanceScot ZellerSeth GreenStanley Tucci Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes21 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... 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