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Addicted to Love is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Griffin Dunne, starring Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Tchéky Karyo, and Kelly Preston. The movie's title is based on Robert Palmer's song "Addicted to Love".

Plot

Two pairs of lovers play out a comedy of errors, in which Maggie (Ryan) and Sam (Broderick), try several unethical and nasty tricks to break apart the envied union of their respective former partners, Anton (Karyo) and Linda (Preston) including identity theft, assault, and destroying Anton's restaurant.

Obsessive astronomer Sam is devastated when the love of his life, Linda, cheats on him and leaves him for a suave Frenchman named Anton. He therefore goes to New York to stalk her and sets up house (and a camera obscura) in the abandoned building opposite Linda's, intent on winning her back and waiting until she decides to leave her current lover. What Sam does not count on is being joined several weeks later by Maggie, a photographer and motorcyclist, who is determined to get revenge on Anton, her ex-fiance. Mutually hostile at first, the two of them eventually join forces in an attempt to separate the couple and ruin Anton's life. However, complications ensue when Sam and Maggie start falling for each other.

Cast

Critical reviews

The film received mixed reviews. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert panned it as immature, implausible and imbecilic, but still gave it two stars out of a possible four.[1]

He did not go as far as the Los Angeles Times' Kevin Thomas, who called it creepy and said:

It is exceedingly difficult to find what's funny in the calculated, obsessive, relentless destruction of Anton, especially when he proves to be the most likable and mature of all four of these people. Maybe Addicted to Love might work as a pitch-dark comedy, but in the way Robert Gordon has written it and Griffin Dunne directed it, it gives us the impression that we're supposed to take drastic, irrational revenge as a larky laff riot.
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Addicted to Love currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Reception

The film only managed to take $34,673,095 gross at the box office,[2] several million less than either Ryan[3] or Broderick's averages.[4]

Release

The film, marking actor Griffin Dunne's directorial debut, was released on May 23, one week before the highly competitive Memorial Day weekend in the United States.

Box office

The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making $11.4 million USD in its opening weekend, behind The Lost World: Jurassic Park.[5]

Locations

While the majority of the filming took place where it was set, in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, some shooting was done in Centreville, Delaware and Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

References

  1. "Addicted to Love Movie Review (1997)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved on 2017-09-06.
  2. Addicted to Love performance from The-Numbers.com
  3. Meg Ryan performance from The-Numbers.com
  4. Matthew Broderick's performance from The-Numbers.com
  5. "Comedy Movie Reviews | latest and classic comedies in reveiw". comedymoviesreview.wordpress.com. Retrieved on 2017-09-06.

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