Speechless (1994)

“You used me. You took the Mexico Ditch! You never even heard of it before!” – Julia

Of course. I didn’t realize you had a copyright on a ditch. What other forces of nature are yours?” – Kevin

Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Video in the 90’s and 1 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – On the campaign trail, two speechwriters meet and fall in love but how will the fact that they are working for opposing candidates affect their relationship.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing a few times on cable back in the 90’s and have always had fond memories of it due to the great dialogue between the characters.

This film manages to stay quite fun largely due to the great chemistry between Geena Davis and Michael Keaton in the lead roles.

They somehow manage to make us truly believe the instantaneous relationship between these characters after just meeting a short while earlier.

They both are wondrous with the witty and swift lines of dialogue dealt to them and are constantly bickering and debating with one another the whole way through.

The themes brought up dealing with speech writing and politics are actually timeless ones that help make this film feel still relevant even after 25 years.

They find a way to integrate the rom-com aspect of the story quite well into the political parts of it and this helps make things feel even more believable.

The biggest problem with this film is that it doesn’t seem to trust that the audience would be able to follow a proper political story line, so they dumb things down a bit too much for its own good which hurts things even more because it feels as if they believe that this is the only way for a typical viewer to accept this kind of story.

The film sports a very talented supporting cast who help keep the story moving while staying fun.

Loved seeing Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson and Christopher Reeve (in one of his last roles before becoming paralyzed) in this film and they all shine in their roles.

Bottom Line – Fun film that works because of the great chemistry between Keaton and Davis. They are able to make us believe their characters ad the way that they end up meeting one another and quickly falling in love. The film deals with a timeless issue of speech writing and politics and we get to see this rm-com integrated really well into that kind of story line.  The dialogue is quite witty and helps to keep things moving along. Great cast of supporting actors that include Hudson, Bodelia and Reeves (in one of his final screen appearances before he was paralysed.) The biggest problem here tho is the fact that the story feels a bit “dumbed downed” for the audience ad doesn’t give the viewer the benefit of the doubt that they can accept this kind of scenario unless it is spoon fed to us.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Christopher Reeve and Michael Keaton portrayed DC comic book superheroes on the big screen: Reeve played Superman in Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987); and Michael Keaton played Batman in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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