Love Field (1992)

JONATHAN KAPLAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  

Sweet, heartfelt road movie that showcases Michelle Pfeiffer at her best and the screenwriting debut of writer Don Roos. Pfeiffer plays a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed Dallas housewife whose life seems to finally have a meaning when in November 1963, America’s royal couple announce a visit to her fair city. After missing her chance to shake her hero’s hand at Love Field airport, she comes home to find out that the President has been assassinated and the country is in chaos. She decides against the wishes of her boring husband () to hop on a bus and head for the funeral in Washington and teaming up, after a series of mishaps, with  while on the road, she learns a few more of the realities of her country that she hadn’t known before. The story is nothing new, but personal discovery movies on the road are always fun, and this one has enough freshness to make it work. Pfeiffer and Haysbert are fantastic, and Jonathan Kaplan directs with a pefectly appropriate light touch. This and Blue Sky were two of the movies whose releases were delayed by Orion Pictures shutting down and
going out of business.

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