This Can't Be Love

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  • TV-PG
  • 1994
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.2  (428)

This Can't Be Love is a heartwarming romantic comedy that centers around the unlikely pairing of two strong-willed individuals, portrayed by Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn. The movie follows the story of a successful yet demanding Broadway playwright, Marion Bennett, who is at the peak of her career when her longtime collaborator and friend dies. Feeling lost and lonely, she decides to retire to her country home in Connecticut to rest and reflect on her life.

There, Marion finds herself face to face with her neighbor, the ruggedly handsome former Hollywood star, Michael Reyman (Anthony Quinn). After a rocky start, the two begin to develop a friendship, with Michael becoming Marion's unofficial caretaker, providing her with food and a listening ear.

Enter Jason Bateman's character, Max, a young and ambitious television executive who arrives on Marion's doorstep with the intention of convincing her to write a new TV show for his network. Max is immediately struck by the dynamic between Marion and Michael and decides to cast them as the leads in his new project.

Initially hesitant, Marion eventually agrees to take on the project, which leads to her spending more time with Michael. As they work together and get to know each other, their friendship blossoms into something more. However, there are complications as both are set in their ways and have to learn to compromise in order to attain harmony.

The chemistry between Hepburn and Quinn is palpable on screen, as they engage in witty banter and playful teasing. Hepburn delivers a strong and nuanced performance as the prickly but vulnerable Marion, while Quinn brings depth and charisma to the role of Michael.

Bateman provides solid support as the young executive who inadvertently sets the two on their journey of self-discovery. His character also undergoes his own mini-arc as he learns to value experience over youthfulness, and to appreciate the wisdom that comes with age.

The story is set against the backdrop of picturesque Connecticut countryside, and the scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere of the location add to the overall charm of the movie. The pacing of the film is slow and deliberate, allowing the characters and their relationships to develop naturally.

Overall, This Can't Be Love is a delightful romantic comedy that highlights the talents of its talented cast. The movie offers a nuanced and realistic portrayal of love and relationships, and shows that it is never too late to find happiness and fulfillment. It is a must-watch for fans of classic Hollywood cinema and anyone who enjoys a good love story.

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    1 hr 35 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (428)