Beautiful Joe (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

USA/United Kingdom, 2000.  Stratosphere Entertainment, Capitol Films, Beautiful Films, Haft Entertainment, Pacific Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Metcalfe.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  

Don’t be fooled by the slick heist-film-like appearance of the video cover: this one’s all heart.  stars as a terminally ill man who decides his life as an Irish New York City florist hasn’t been adventurous enough, so he takes to the road.

Along the way, he stumbles upon a dancer-con-artist-gambling addict (Sharon Stone) and is immediately attracted to her zany personality and two very good-natured children. Soon they’re a foursome, on the road to Las Vegas and trying to outrun some mobsters that Stone owes money to.

Some of the film’s cliches render it a bit hollow, but for the most part it is carried along by Stone’s wonderfully warm performance and Connolly’s charm, which he has in spades.


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