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Actors: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Christopher Reeve, Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson
Director: Ron Underwood
Michael Keaton and Geena Davis are a winning ticket (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America ) in this captivating romantic comedy which proves conclusively that opposites do attract and then some. 'smart, sexy and side-splitt... more »
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Delightful and Funny
Brian A. Wolters | Cabot, Arkansas | 04/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Speechless is delightful! The chemistry between Davis and Keaton is the best I have seen in a long time. In my opinion, this is Davis at her best! Plus, the story is very interesting and has those great "ups and downs". I also give high marks for Christopher Reeve and it is sad to see that this was one of his last pre-accident movies. As with most romantic comedies these days, the characters have to go to bed, but thankfully, it is kept off screen. Rated PG-13 for some language and implied sex."
Ladies, one of keaton's best
daisy fan | pa usa | 01/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"browsing for a michael keaton movie..? if you love michael like i do, be sure not to pass this one up, its the old fashion, boy meets girl, boy chases girl, but you'll have to watch the movie to find out how it ends, this is a romantic comedy that we ladies like seeing keaton in, scenes are suggestive without todays over the top sex scenes, there are moments in the film that take you back to memories of your dating years, for example one scene where michael and geena discreetly reach to hold each others hand, they just wanted to touch each other, for all those ladies who think like i do, that michael is one sexy dude, get this movie, you will enjoy it, i have lost count of how many times i have watched it, add all this to the fact that in my opinion michael is one of the best, most expressive actors of this era who is enjoyable to watch, you cant go wrong purchasing this movie."
Speechless..Well Spoken Movie.
anthoula tasioudi | 12/18/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"An oddity of sorts because you have the two actors who played Batman and Superman in one movie (Micheal Keaton and Christopher Reeve respectively). With that aside, SPEECHLESS delivers on the grounds of a decent romantic/screwball comedy. Keaton and Geena Davis play speechwriters for rival candidates in a New Mexico senatorial campaign who meet and fall in love under unusual circumstances. They must keep their love alive when the campaign becomes intense and they must keep their loyalty to their respective candidates. Typical light characters played by Keaton and Davis and Christopher Reeve thrown into the mix as an old boyfriend of Davis trying to revive the old relationship. Overall, solid entertainment that's unoffensive with snappy dialogue."
Shall we speak the unspoken language of love? You mean the k
C. CRADDOCK | Bakersfield | 08/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Speechless is a romantic comedy that pairs Michael Keaton and Geena Davis as speechwriters for opposing campaigns. No doubt it was at least partially based on or inspired by Mary Matalin and James Carville. One difference though--in Speechless she's the Democrat and he's the Republican. Though the politics are only a pretext for a little rom com thrust and parry, one couldn't ask for better sparring partners than Geena and Keaton.
stage direction: [While riding in back of pickup truck to get gasoline]
Julia: Is that cologne?
Kevin: Black Flag. You know, it's manly, and as you can see, not a roach in sight...
In this version of reality both parties are corrupt (wait a minute--are you sure it's fiction?). The wedge issue of immigration is one difference though, with the Democrat opposing the construction of a ditch between the US and Mexico, while the Republican spins it by dubbing it "The Friendship Ditch." Score one for Keaton. The only one who really believes in the speeches is Geena Davis' character. She is doing it because she wants to make the world a better place. Keaton is a former sit com writer and he is in it strictly for the money--and the laughs.
Christopher Reeve played Keaton's rival, a Network Television News Journalist who was Geena's former boyfriend, and now her fiancé. This movie was just a year before Reeve would have his tragic riding accident that would leave him paralyzed. There is one strange bit that became a running gag about her former boyfriend having a tattoo on his lip. If we ever find out what the tatto says, then I must have blinked. Though the gag doesn't really go anywhere, they have some fun running with it:
[They are talking on the phone]
Julia: My old boyfriend had a tattoo, on the inside of his lip. Wanna guess what it said?
Kevin: Uh, "How am I driving? Call 1-800" and then a number? Did he have a really big lip? Was it Mick Jagger?
A little later there is an amusing scene as Keaton wonders if Reeve is the tattooed boyfriend and tries to get him to show it. Anyway, Reeve would have to be Superman to keep Davis and Keaton apart. From the moment they meet in the hotel pharmacy and try to con each other out of the last box of No-Doz, you know that they have a lot more in common than just insomnia.
Though the politics are a little dated, in some ways it is prescient. But the main reason to watch this is the witty dialogue, clever script and acting, and of course the strange alchemy between Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.
Julia: Shall we speak the unspoken language of love?
Kevin: You mean the kind only dogs can hear?
Julia: Yes, the very same.
Roles of Michael Keaton:
Multiplicity (1996) .... Doug Kinney is a contractor who feels like there aren't enough hours in the day. His solution--cloning. Imagine a whole gang of Michael Keatons. Scary, isn't it? Funny, too, I'll bet.
Batman (1989) .... Tim Burton, a man with vision, couldn't picture anyone else donning the cape and cowl. Keaton was the original film version of Batman / Bruce Wayne.
Clean and Sober (1988) .... Keaton was probably serious as Daryl Poynter, and no doubt he used his personal experience to some extent. Just a guess.
Beetlejuice (1988) .... Beetle Juice is a great vehicle for the over-the-top Keaton. Geena Davis and Winona Ryder are in it too!!!
Night Shift (1982) .... Bill Blazejowski was an idea man--memo to self--his idea was to start a brothel with Shelley Long (Diane Chambers from Cheers) as a hooker and Henry Winkler (The Fonz from Happy Days) as his business partner.
Roles of Geena Davis:
A League of Their Own (1992) .... Davis was ball player Dottie Hinson, along with Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna, and Tom Hanks: "There is no crying in baseball!"
Thelma & Louise (1991) .... Geena was Thelma and Susan Sarandon was Louise in this classic fable of female empowerment.
The Accidental Tourist (1988) .... Geena plays Muriel Pritchett who 'falls' for the accidental tourist and gets 'hurt'--William Hurt.
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) .... Valerie is a valley girl, and three aliens lose control of their UFO and land in her swimming pool. Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayons are the aliens in question.
Beetle Juice (1988) .... Geena Davis is Barbara, see link above for Michael Keaton as Beetle Juice.
The Fly (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (1986) .... Geena is Veronica Quaife, love interest of mad scientist/fly Jeff Goldblum in this remake of a sci fi classic that is also a classic in its own right.