Mr. Jealousy (1997)

NOAH BAUMBACH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Joel Castleberg Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.  

Eric Stoltz in Mr. Jealousy.

Owing to some relationship experiences as a teenager, substitute teacher  is unable to love his new girlfriend () without being constantly jealous of her.  His complex reaches a high point when her ex-boyfriend () becomes a successful, published novelist and Stoltz joins his therapy group to get to know what he perceives as a nemesis better. Meanwhile, their best friends  and  are engaged and experiencing complications before the wedding. Though Noah Baumbach’s screenplay offers nothing new to the romantic comedy genre that hasn’t been done before, the film is an enjoyable treat with likable characters and easy rapport between all the actors. Sciorra has never been more lovingly adorable, and Stoltz’s quirky-guy personality never more bearable.

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