The Fantasticks

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"Try to remember the first time magic happened"
  • PG
  • 1995
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 5.6  (1,422)
  • 48

The Fantasticks is a film adaptation of the longest-running musical play of the same name. It was released in 2000 and directed by Michael Ritchie. The movie stars Joel Grey, Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Brad Sullivan, and Jonathon Morris. The plot of The Fantasticks revolves around two neighboring fathers, Bellomy (Brad Sullivan) and Hucklebee (Barnard Hughes), who plot to get their children, Matt (Joey McIntyre) and Luisa (Jean Louisa Kelly), to fall in love. Bellomy and Hucklebee pretend to be feuding and build a wall between their houses to pique their children's interest. They hire a narrator, El Gallo (Joel Grey), to stage an abduction of Luisa that Matt can rescue her from, thus making them fall in love.

What follows is a series of twists and turns in the story, including a failed abduction, a journey to a carnival, and a mock wedding between the young lovers that goes awry. Throughout, El Gallo serves as the narrator and guide for the audience, occasionally breaking the fourth wall to address them directly.

The musical score for The Fantasticks includes the famous song "Try to Remember," as well as "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "They Were You," among others. The film features several musical numbers that are both delightful and poignant, adding to the overall charm of the movie.

One of the standout performances in the movie comes from Joel Grey in his role as El Gallo. Grey brings a sly, understated humor to the character, as well as a hint of a darker edge. His singing voice is strong and emotive, and he serves as the glue that holds the story together.

The young actors playing Matt and Luisa are also excellent, with Jean Louisa Kelly in particular giving a standout performance as the wide-eyed, romantic Luisa. Their chemistry is palpable, and it's easy to root for them as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship.

The movie was filmed on location in New Mexico, which adds to the otherworldly feel of the story. The barren, desert landscapes are a perfect backdrop for this tale of youthful love and adventure.

The Fantasticks received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics feeling that the film failed to capture the spirit of the original play. However, it has since gained a cult following and is beloved by many musical theater fans.

Overall, The Fantasticks is a charming and whimsical movie that captures the spirit of the original musical play. Its talented cast, catchy musical numbers, and fairy tale-like storyline make it an enjoyable watch for anyone who loves romantic comedies and musicals.

The Fantasticks is a 1995 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 48.

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    5.6  (1,422)
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