"Before I met you, I thought I was in trouble," says moneyed museum worker Minnie (Gena Rowlands) to longhaired car park attendant Seymour (Seymour Cassel) over a hot dog and a coffee. Such is the basis of true love in Mi... more »nnie and Moskowitz, a shaggy, unusually romantic comedy that is nonetheless pure John Cassavetes. After a long introductory sequence in which each character fills the screen with the rhythm of their respective lives, they meet when Seymour rescues Minnie from a blind date gone hopelessly bad. Minnie and Seymour have almost nothing in common--he's a talkative, spontaneous goof with quicksilver emotions, a dead-end job, and little ambition, she's a shy, insecure but sincere upper-class single in an abusive affair with a married man (an uncredited Cassavetes, insidiously charming and cruelly bullying). But they are both lonely romantics with a love of Bogart movies. As in most of Cassavetes's work, the script is less a story than a string of dramatic engagements colored with the quirks and emotional impulses of its characters, and he takes his time exploring the nooks and crannies of the volatile relationship. But amidst the shouting matches and frenzied fights are moments of quiet intimacy, and it turns into the most hopeful portrait of romantic love in the Cassavetes canon, complete with a sunny, uncharacteristically happy home movie ending. --Sean Axmaker« less
"A little-seen treasure. I believe that this is the first official release on video, so this wonderful film can finally be seen other than on the late night movie or the occasional film festival. A charming, offbeat love story of the unlikely romance between a WASPy, middle class museum curator (Rowlands) and a slightly wacky hippie parking lot attendant (Cassel), this is one of Cassavetes' most satisfying works. Rowlands is terrific as usual, and Cassel is also great. He's one of the most underappreciated actors of the late twentieth century. The two are an odd combination, but somehow it works. Some scenes are hilarious, particularly an early date scene between Rowlands and the great Val Avery as an overzealous potential suitor. It's been said that Cassavetes couldn't do comedy, but you can't tell it from watching this movie. Minnie and Moskowitz is a great introduction to Cassavetes. It manages to be light hearted and comedic, while retaining the strong characterizations, dramatic depth, and offbeat feel of his more serious films. Four and 1/2 stars (rounded up to five). Highly recommended."
russellvlad | 04/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All Cassavetes movies are worthwhile, and those with Gena Rowlands in them are doubly so. I'm awfully surprised to see this out on video as it has been particularly difficult to see over the years. I wouldn't suggest it to someone who has never seen a Cassavetes film before. Although it is particularly lighthearted for him, I don't think it would make a particularly good introduction. The film is odd, odd, odd... The characters really do seem pretty darned mismatched, but you wind up happy to see them together after getting to know them. It contains one of Cassavetes lovelier non-endings, too... I am flabbergasted that this and "Husbands" both managed to make it out on video before "Love Streams", though... Now THAT would make the perfect intro to Cassavetes I think, if you could make sure the introducee sat through at least the first 30-minutes. "Minnie and Moskowitz" is likely to leave the uninitiated a bit intrigued, but mainly puzzled."
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Loretta Pietzak | 02/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a wacky wonderful comedy! This movie is funny but it's much more than
funny. You can be laughing and crying in the same scene because it tells truths
about love and life. Cassavetes is never merely an entertainer. He wants to make
you think. I also want to highly recommend a new book where Cassavetes talks
about this film and all of his other ones. It's by Ray Carney and called
Cassavetes on Cassavetes, and is the geatest collection of "behind the scenes"
stories I've ever read anywhere. (It's available at a discount on this site.)
Great book. Great stories. Turns out that Cassavetes was as nutty and wild as
Moskowitz is in this film. Is that good or bad? You'll have to decide for
yourself. That's the way Cassavetes movies are. You have to think about them.
You'll be talking about this movie for a long time."
Finally, the release of this offbeat, funny, sensitive film
russellvlad | 11/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many consider Cassavetes to be the father of American Independent Film. So, it's about time more of his film's are released to video. Minnie and Moskowitz is one of my favorites. Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel are uniquely genuine actors and their chemistry is exciting. It's a fun comic film yet still insightful. It is lighter than most of Cassavetes work. Therefore, it should appeal to a wider audience than, perhaps, Love Streams, which, I feel, is his best film. Unfortunately, Love Streams is currently unavailable."
This movie made me love gena rowlands
Loretta Pietzak | 05/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"before seeing this movie i never knew who gena rowlands was(that was about 15 years ago) since then i have seen most of her film work and she is the lovliest actress since ingrid bergman.i really enjoyed this funny and realistic movie about 2 misfits looking for love. i especially loved the scene where seymor(cassel) cuts off his mustache! rowlands expression is priceless!"