Playing by Heart


Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 17545


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Gillian Anderson as Meredith
Sean Connery as Paul
Hilary Duff as Extra
1.85 GB
24.000 fps
2hr 1 min
P/S 3 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by slightlymad22 5 / 10

Pains Me To Say It. But Jolie Steals This One

Continuing my plan to watch every Sean Connery movie in order, I come to Playing By Heart (1998)

Plot In A Paragraph: A bunch of people dealing with their relationships in L.A.

This movie has an all star cast. And that's about it. I can see why this failed to find an audience. It has far too many characters that you don't spend enough time with any of them to really invest in them.

Some you don't care about at all, others you do, but it's mainly because of the actors playing them. I think my favourite couple in the movie was Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillipe. And I can't stand that woman, so it says something.

Playing By Heart tanked at the box office (I doubt it was ever intended as a blockbuster) grossing only $3 million at the domestic box office.

Reviewed by juneebuggy 6 / 10

Enjoyed all of these interlocking stories especially Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe

This ensemble romantic comedy is a bit dated now (1998) but still worth watching for the all-star cast attached. Its charming, with clever dialogue and strong performances from all, cutting back and forth between several seemingly unconnected miniplots until they all converge at the end with a couple of big surprises. Actually part of the fun here was guessing how all these stories were going to come together, who was related to who etc.

Most of the stories are about finding love; (Gena Rowlands) and her husband (Sean Connery) argue over his brief infidelity 25 years earlier, (Madeline Stowe & Anthony Edwards) are having an affair, (Gillian Anderson & Jon Stewart) take a stab at first dates, (Dennis Quaid) is doing the bar circuit and (Ellen Burstyn) reconnects with her son (Jay Mohr) who is dying of AIDS.

I enjoyed all of these interlocking stories but honestly was blown away (and could have watched a whole movie) surrounding volatile club goer (Angelina Jolie) who falls for the mysterious (Ryan Phillippe) storyline. Jolie was fantastic and as a couple they really caught my interest; sexy, mysterious, surprising and sad.

In regards to this being dated; Angelina Jolie still has some meat on her bones, a significant amount of Moby is used in the soundtrack, one of the characters works in the Twin Towers and there is a general feeling of AIDS hysteria and very closeted views on gay relationships. -It was interesting to see how far we've come in that respect in 17 years (Yay) 3/29/15

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

Bound to be something for everybody

Paul (Sean Connery) and Hannah (Gena Rowlands) are doing a TV cooking show as the past comes back to haunt them. Gunshy playwright Meredith (Gillian Anderson) accepts a date from architect Trent (Jon Stewart). Mark (Jay Mohr) is gay and dying of AIDS. His mother Mildred (Ellen Burstyn) comes to his deathbed. Trendy club goer Joan (Angelina Jolie) tries to attract Keenan (Ryan Phillippe). Roger (Anthony Edwards) and Gracie (Madeleine Stowe) are an adulterous couple. Hugh (Dennis Quaid) tells tragic life stories to women (Patricia Clarkson, Kellie Waymire) in bars. The various stories and characters connect as they wind up in one family wedding.

Written and directed by Willard Carroll, this is a fragmented movie. There are some great actors working on this film. I really love the wild energy from Angelina Jolie. Some stories are more compelling than others. That's the nature of this kind of movie. It's a constant up and down viewing experience. I'm eager to see a few of the stories, but others drag. A couple of the stories could be cut to make space to expand the other stories. It would also be better for those characters and the emotions to play out more. The connection in the end is nothing but an exercise in writing. With the acting power gathered in this movie, there is bound to be someone in the movie for everybody.

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