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Worth A Look: 28%
Average36%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 0%

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Don Juan DeMarco
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Cushy it might be in appearance, but it is also pretty flat."
3 stars

A quirky tale about a youth who may or may not be [the reincarnation of] Don Juan De Marco, but certainly dresses and seduces as though he were.

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Don Juan De Marco. A quirky tale about a youth who may or may not be [the reincarnation of] Don Juan De Marco, but certainly dresses and seduces as though he were. But the one woman he cannot have drives him crazy, so he tries to commit suicide, which brings in Marlon Brando as a clinical psychologist to “save” him. Naturally, this prompts Don Juan to retell his life and seduction of over 1,000 women via sessional flashbacks. The movie is far fluffier than it intended, and its cushy feel allows one to become too comfortable in a setting that should be more provocative and involving. As a romance of sorts, Don Juan De Marco’s intentions (or writer/director Jeremy Leven’s intentions) are amiable, but a big problem is the artificial and gleeting sentimentality. When Brando becomes enraptured by the storytelling and is compelled to instaurate his marriage, it is sweet, but it’s also too viscid. There are a couple of really nice moments that come out of all the tale-telling and reacting, but nothing to sustain any impact or lasting feeling. Cushy it might be in appearance, but it is also pretty flat. Brando is eccentric enough to make the material his I suppose, but rather than gliding through it and making it look like cake, he stands out and calls too much attention to himself as though when he ate the cake, he left a large smudge on his face. Johnny Depp as the object of lust and romance is the perfect look for the character, and while he is affable in the role, there is still an undeniable emptiness.

With Faye Dunaway and Rachel Ticotin.

Final Verdict: C.

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User Comments

12/15/08 Pamela White very romantic and Brando has a wonderful role 4 stars
11/08/07 Emily E westman omg johnny depp is my dream man ! 5 stars
4/25/07 David Cohen It moved me 5 stars
10/31/05 missjie86 This lacks... something. Surprisingly bland for a romance/comedy/fantasy... 3 stars
9/26/04 Bucky Buckner Boone The audience I saw it with ALL applauded at the end-the only time that's ever happened 5 stars
9/11/04 alan granville wonderful. romantic and moving 4 stars
5/14/04 John the castis really wonderful - reeks with a kind of insane romantic spirit 4 stars
2/10/04 elizaveta super cute and charming, depp makes it interesting 4 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Dunaway & Brando are very good; great soundtrack; weak storyline though. 4 stars
12/14/03 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) Very creative. Fine acting. I recommend. 5 stars
9/24/03 JC Johnny is EXTREMELY beautiful, but other than that it's a bit low on my list of films. 4 stars
5/04/03 sleepy beautiful story and who better to be don juan than depp? 5 stars
3/07/03 Glenn your just jealous David 5 stars
7/27/02 sdjfsdkjf ahhh it's not too shabby. Depp is likeable enough. 3 stars
5/27/02 Nicole Shallow plot....but a pretty sexy movie 4 stars
2/25/01 Emily Westman Johnny Depp becomes the sexiest man alive in this film 5 stars
2/07/01 Deppisasexgod very sexy, very much worth seeing 5 stars
8/12/00 Elvisfan The audience I saw it with applauded at the end-the ENTIRE audience! 5 stars
6/16/99 David Amiable enough romance, but isn't Depp capable of a lot more than this trifle? 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  07-Apr-1995 (PG-13)

UK
  19-May-1995 (15)

Australia
  02-Jul-1995 (M)


Directed by
  Jeremy Leven

Written by
  Jeremy Leven

Cast
  Marlon Brando
  Johnny Depp
  Faye Dunaway
  Géraldine Pailhas
  Bob Dishy
  Rachel Ticotin



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