America's Sweethearts

Published September 8, 2020

America's Sweethearts

Film info

  • Title America's Sweethearts
  • Director Joe Roth
  • Year 2001
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline It'll take more than special effects to reunite them

Gwen and Eddie are America's sweethearts... the country's favourite couple, on-screen and off. But when their very public romance turns into a very private breakup, only veteran press agent Lee and Gwen's assistant Kiki, can help Gwen and Eddi show some love while they promote their last film together. But the press junket is in a resort hotel miles from anywhere. And while Lee and Kiki frantically try to keep the media away from the real story and keep Gwen and Eddie from revealing their secret, Kiki finds something entirely unexpected.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:56 “Autumn with Greg and Peg.” I want to watch that movie.
5:57 What a cast this is!
8:15 This is reminding me so much of Episodes.
11:47 Talk show hosts aren’t that mean, are they?
13:33 Remembering people by the sweets they give you is a thumbs up.
15:30 “It was a total accident…” How can you even try and pass that off as an accident?
21:47 Honket!
22:42 “You’re the only one she’ll pretend to listen to.”
29:45 Bit of an odd version of who’s on first there.
37:42 I really do not envy this guy his job.
42:02 I don’t think that’s 60lbs worth of fatsuit..
42:45 “Misery agrees with me.”
53:44 Those junkets must be soul-destroying.
57:29 “Haven’t you read the papers? I’m unstable. Don’t leave me alone with me.”
1:05:17 I can’t tell whether that was a good thing or a bad thing PR wise.
1:06:19 “I hit him in the tray with my face.”
1:12:58 If you have to say “let me think about how to answer that”, it’s not a good thing.
1:15:52 “So HERE’s the buffet.” Genius.
1:20:18 “I was trying to stop you from jumping.” “By trying to kill me?”
1:29:04 It has shock value, that’s for dang sure. Not so rewatchable.
1:34:22 She’s a psycho.


As a romantic comedy, this is pretty good but nothing outlandishly special. But as a behind-the-scenes of the movie industry, it’s much more entertaining. Hollywood bitches being mean to their assistants, families sticking together even though they don’t want to, how awful and contrived press junkets are, and so on. It felt like everyone in the movie was based on someone Billy Crystal knew, and probably hated.

It’s an incredible cast, though. I only wanted to watch it after looking through Julia Robert’s back catalogue and thinking the main four were great - but the famous names and faces just kept on popping up. A fun watch and definitely entertaining but probably could have been even better.

Rating: 3 / 5

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