Beautiful Joe


(out of 5)

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 () 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.

Stratosphere Entertainment, Capitol Films, Beautiful Films, Haft Entertainment, Pacific Motion Pictures

USA/United Kingdom, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by Stephen Metcalfe

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by ,

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