Addicted to Love (film)

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Addicted to Love
Addicted to love poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGriffin Dunne
Produced byBob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Written byRobert Gordon
StarringMeg Ryan
Matthew Broderick
Kelly Preston
Tchéky Karyo
Maureen Stapleton
Remak Ramsay
Music byRachel Portman
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
Editing byElizabeth Kling
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Miramax Films
Release datesMay 23, 1997
Running time100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$34,673,095
 
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Addicted to Love
Addicted to love poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGriffin Dunne
Produced byBob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Written byRobert Gordon
StarringMeg Ryan
Matthew Broderick
Kelly Preston
Tchéky Karyo
Maureen Stapleton
Remak Ramsay
Music byRachel Portman
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
Editing byElizabeth Kling
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Miramax Films
Release datesMay 23, 1997
Running time100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$34,673,095

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[edit]

Two pairs of lovers play out a comedy of errors, in which Maggie (Ryan) and Sam (Broderick), an astronomer, try several unethical and nasty tricks to break apart the envied union of their respective former partners, Anton (Karyo) and Linda (Preston).

Good-natured astronomer Sam is devastated when the love of his life, Linda, leaves him for a suave Frenchman named Anton. He therefore does what every other normal dumpee would do: he goes to New York and sets up house in the abandoned building opposite his ex-girlfriend's apartment, 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 ultra hip tomboy 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.[1]

Critical reviews[edit]

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.[2]

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 [sic] riot.[citation needed]

Addicted to Love currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Reception[edit]

The advertisements did warn viewers that it would be darker than what Ryan and Broderick are usually associated with, using the taglines "A comedy about lost loves and last laughs" and "A comedy about two people who are getting off on getting even."[3] However, the film only managed to take $34,673,095 gross at the box office,[4] several million less than either Ryan[5] or Broderick's averages.[6]

Release[edit]

The Miramax 101 minute 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[edit]

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.

Locations[edit]

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.[7]

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