Guarding Tess (1994)


“The President is coming to Somersville. Will you have the cars and the machine guns ready in about an hour? ” – Tess

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A secret service agent assigned to the former first lady tries to get a better assignment despite the fact that she won’t let him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had much of a desire to see beforehand because I’ve ever been the biggest fan of Nicholas Cage.

In my quest to watch more films starring Cage I decided to give this one a shot.

The plot seems enjoyable, but the way that things are presented come across as being quite silly and doesn’t work well at all.

Both Shirley MacLaine and Nicholas Cage are much better actors than this would would make it seem.

The plot itself moves in some very strange directions and parts of the story fail because they are never quite sure f they want this to be a comedy or a drama.

They also attempt to add some moments of suspense along the way that fail to add any real suspense to the way things play out.

The most enjoyable aspect of this film is the way that they have the love/hate relationship between Cage ad MacLaine since their interactions are able to show how much duty and loyalty factor in to the life of these characters which is effective.

Bottom Line – Pretty silly film that fails to work much better. Both MacLaine and Cage are better actors than one might assume from this film.  The plot moves along in a strange way and the attempts at humor here never seem to work well at all especially since they seem to not know whether they want this to be a comedy or a drama. . The film also tries to add some moments of suspense along the way, but they also fall flat. The one good thing about this film is the interactions between the two characters which show how a love hate relationship that is base don honor and duty can also be effective.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scenes from the nominating convention for President Carlisle is snippets from the Republican Convention in 1984. You can briefly see a “Reagan-Bush” sign. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “Guarding Tess (1994)

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