The Films of Andrew Bergman
Honeymoon in Vegas
It Could Happen To You (June 5/09)
Despite the inclusion of a few questionable elements and interludes, It Could Happen To You generally comes off as an absolutely charming romantic comedy that benefits substantially from the unequivocal chemistry between its stars. The movie casts Nicolas Cage as Charlie Lang, a compassionate New York City cop whose decision to tip an unlucky waitress (Bridget Fonda's Yvonne) half of his theoretical lottery winnings transforms the pair into an overnight media sensation after Charlie hits the $4 million jackpot. Problems ensue as Charlie's obnoxious wife (Rosie Perez's Muriel) balks at sharing the winnings with a total stranger, while Yvonne finds herself forced to contend with the sudden appearance of her estranged (and thoroughly sleazy) husband (Stanley Tucci's Eddie). Director Andrew Bergman has infused It Could Happen To You with an irresistibly old-fashioned sensibility that's reflected in virtually every aspect of the proceedings, with the film undoubtedly at its best when focused on the burgeoning friendship/relationship between Cage and Fonda's respective characters. The actors' effortlessly charismatic work proves instrumental in allowing the viewer to overlook the few flaws within Jane Anderson's screenplay, including the almost comically loathsome nature of Charlie's wife (ie her disdain for the man is palpable) and a third act courtroom sequence that's admittedly kind of tedious. And although the film is never quite able to top the sequence in which Charlie informs Yvonne of her $2 million tip - an undeniably rapturous moment that virtually embodies the concept of movie magic - It Could Happen To You nevertheless comes off as a pervasively romantic endeavor that boasts as appealing an onscreen couple as one can recall within recent cinematic history.
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