Retro Film Review: I Love Trouble (1994)



Every now and then, reviewers are faced with the films that are hard to be properly reviewed. Most of the time it happens with films that leave impact so overwhelming – either in good or bad sense - that in the end reviewers must work hard to properly express their thoughts or feelings. But, sometimes it can happen for rather trivial reasons. I Love Trouble happened to be one of such occasions for the author of this review. The impression left by the film wasn't overwhelming - on the contrary, there were hardly any impression at all, since I had real trouble keeping myself awake while watching it. Which surprises me to this day, because the movie theatre was full, I was close to sound speakers, the show wasn't late and I didn't lack sleep before the show. Such things happen very rarely to me, and, after many years, the closest thing to explanation to this mystery is probably something about the quality of the film itself.

The plot revolves around two rival Chicago reporters – old Peter Brackett (played by Nick Nolte) and young aspiring Sabrina Peterson (played by Julia Roberts). Two of them are assigned to cover the train collision. As soon as they meet, they start scooping each other, but during the process they both discover sinister plot involving cancerogenic milk as well as the romantic feelings they have for each other. The plot in this film is rather secondary to its real raison d'être - romantic pairing reminiscent of classical screwball comedies starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Film author, director and screenwriter Charles Shyer, who had some experiences with turning the classic screwball spirit into modern setting with Father of the Bride, tries again, this time pairing old Nick Nolte with young Julia Roberts. However, although there is some chemistry between the two, soon it stops to arouse any interest. It probably happens due to poorly executed genre mix, that collides light-hearted romantic comedy with rather uninteresting plot suitable to pure action thrillers. Shyer as director fails to make the proper transition between the two, and fails in both areas, making the story cliched and predictable. The end result is rather forgettable effort, which convinced me not to watch movie again. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, though, by not rating it as a complete disaster.

RATING: 3/10 (+)

(Note: The text in its original form was posted in Usenet newsgroup on May 9th 1999)


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