Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles
Director: Jerry Zucker
Summary: After a shooting leaves a young man dead, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic
Other Nominations: Supporting Actress (Goldberg)*, Original Screenplay*, Film Editing, Original Score
This movie was nominated because it was a box-office smash (it grossed over $1 billion worldwide, adjusted for inflation), and honestly, it was better than I expected even if it’s not one of the best romance movies I’ve seen for this project. There were a couple of performances that were clear highlights for me: Goldberg was charismatic and entertaining and I can totally buy her winning an Oscar, and Goldwyn was also perfectly cast for his role that I won’t spoil. The movie also has some weird, fun creativity when it comes to the ghost aspects (probably Zucker’s influence, considering he co-directed Airplane! and The Naked Gun) and whoever came up with the visual and sound design for the hell demons earned his or her paycheck big time.
The big thing that lets down this movie for me are the leads to an extent. Swayze is attractive and great when he’s not called upon to do much emoting other than rage (i.e. Road House), but he just isn’t a good actor when he’s called upon to get emotional. His “freaked out/stunned” faces are especially hilarious. Moore is fine, but again these two together just aren’t on the level of say, Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, or Maurice Chevalier & Claudette Colbert in The Smiling Lieutenant. Perfectly decent romance movie that has some unique aspects and great supporting performances, but I wouldn’t put it on my list of great romance movies.