Green Card (1990)

“We don’t have to like each other. We just have to get married.” – Brontë Mitchell Faure

Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Feb 2006 and 10 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A New York socialite enters into a marriage of convenience with a French immigrant but things get complicated when immigration begins to investigate whether their marriage is a fraud.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out thirty years ago.

I finally got a chance to see it 14 years ago but didn’t recall much about the story at all.

The overall premise is an intriguing one and it works even better due to the chemistry between the two leads played by Gerard Depardieu and Andie McDowell.

The two of them make certain aspects of this story even more believable and we get to see them together in some great scenes that help explain the love/hate relationship between them.

The story is filled with some nice surprises along the way that help keep things light and fun.

The setting also works well because the global feeling of a city like New York helps the story move along.

The film’s biggest problem deals with a few very glaring plot holes that take away from the believability of the premise itself.

This is quite a shame because it then takes away from the overall feel that a romantic comedy should have because they have parts of the story progress in some very strange directions.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works because of the great performances by McDowell and Depardieu. The film has some great scenes between these characters and they manage to find ways to keep things surprising along the way. The chemistry between these actors is quite good and we can believe their love/hate relationship from the start. The problem is the way that things progress in a strange way which takes away from the rom-com feeling.  The story also has too many plot holes that also make certain aspects of the story quite unbelievable which is a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Star Andie MacDowell was totally surprised when Peter Weir asked her to gain weight. She had always been asked to do the opposite. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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