Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

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Director: Armyan Bernstein, Martin Short, Annette O'Toole, Paul Reiser

Cast: Armyan Bernstein, Martin Short, Annette O'Toole, Paul Reiser

     
 
Martin Short and Annette O'Toole star in this comedy documenting a date from hell. Short is David, a sunglasses salesman, who makes a date with Kathy (Annette O'Toole) in order to celebrate his new promotion. David and Kathy have gone out a few times before, but they both think that this is the date that will put both of them over the top, convinced that they have

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Martin Short and Annette O'Toole star in this comedy documenting a date from hell. Short is David, a sunglasses salesman, who makes a date with Kathy (Annette O'Toole) in order to celebrate his new promotion. David and Kathy have gone out a few times before, but they both think that this is the date that will put both of them over the top, convinced that they have finally found the right person. With anxiety in their hearts, they both prepare anxiously for the date. But there is trouble on the horizon. Before heading out on the date, David discovers that instead of getting a promotion, he has been fired. Afraid that Kathy will think that he is loser, he doesn't tell her that he lost his job. He has also borrowed the car and the apartment of his friend Bruce (Paul Reiser) for the date, permitting her to think that they all belong to him. But Kathy hasn't been entirely truthful to David either. For example, she has conveniently forgotten to tell him about the existence of her seven-year-old daughter.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
The trials and travails of a third date are explored in this modern, glossy romantic comedy. Two thirtysomethings, Martin Short's David and Annette O'Toole's Kathy, find themselves unable to be honest and up-front with each other during a romantic evening together, which sets the pair up for a series of outrageous gaffes and threatens to erupt into a full-scale disaster as the two try to counter lingering fears and self-doubts. Arriving on the heels of Short's blockbuster hit Innerspace, and marking O'Toole's first big-screen appearance since 1983's awful Superman III, Cross My Heart received little adulation or notice upon arrival in cinemas circa November 1987 but has since garnered a deserved reputation among a handful of viewers as one of the warmest and most charming and intelligent date movies of the late '80s. With its lilting, rhapsodic saxophone score, period decor and clothes, and a cast featuring neat supporting comic turns by two key players of late '80s prime-time sitcoms (Paul Reiser of My Two Dads and Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains), the film immediately makes one nostalgic for the era that produced it. Yet a universally relatable central dilemma and sparkling, occasionally hilarious dialogue and set pieces help the film transcend period -- such as the moment when Short and O'Toole accidentally destroy Reiser's multi-thousand-dollar model airplanes, and the scene in which the pair search for "lost underwear" in Reiser's yard, but soon find themselves held at gunpoint by a suspicious neighbor. The picture also incorporates a funny in-joke referencing O'Toole's aforementioned appearance as Lana Lang in the Superman film. On a broader level, director and co-writer Armyan Bernstein fully mines the comic potential of Short and O'Toole, two underrated American actors with a significant degree of romantic chemistry between them. Bernstein also tries something stylistically unusual and interesting by limiting the majority of the film to a single location -- the "borrowed apartment" where Short takes O'Toole after a less-than-perfect evening out, making constant (and not completely irreciprocal) attempts to coax her into bed. The director should be lauded for his refusal to cut or fade out during an extended love scene between the two leads -- he keeps everything onscreen, which perfectly sets the film up for the fleeting feelings of emotional betrayal and minor crisis of conscience between the Short and O'Toole characters, in the picture's final act. These choices do not quite rescue Cross My Heart from the central criticism it received from some American reviewers -- that Short's final deceits are a bit severe for the material that precedes it; indeed, the film is slightly flawed for that reason. And it will certainly never be mistaken for realism -- the scenes and dialogue are too clever, the ending too polished, and the film too formulaic for that -- but these calculations are also what lend the film its subtle charm. And, as a "bad date" movie, it earns its status as a paragon of that subgenre via sheer inventiveness and bravura, but does so with a gentle and easy touch.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
UPC:
0025192619229
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Short David
Annette O'Toole Kathy
Paul Reiser Bruce
Joanna Kerns Nancy
Jessica Puscas Jessica
Lee Arenberg Parking Attendant
Michael Simms Stud
Corinne Bohrer Susan
Jason Stuart Waiter
Shelley Taylor Morgan Woman in Restaurant
Eric Poppick Maitre d'
Lori Hall Woman Outside Restaurant
Mary Gillis Cashier
Patty Regan Waitress
Marti Muller Girl in Car
David Nail Convenience Store Clerk

Technical Credits
Armyan Bernstein Director,Screenwriter
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
David Byrne Songwriter
Thomas E. Case Makeup
Jeffrey Cohen Songwriter
William Elliott Production Designer
Chris Fratz Songwriter
Steve LeGassick Songwriter
George Williams Songwriter
Preston Glass Songwriter
Mia Goldman Editor
Alan Greisman Executive Producer
Michael Grillo Asst. Director,Co-producer
Mick Hucknall Songwriter
William Jackson Songwriter
Lawrence Kasdan Producer
Neil Moss Songwriter
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Wallis Nicita Casting
Charles Okun Co-producer
Gail Parent Screenwriter
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Brian Ray Songwriter
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Curt Sobel Score Composer
Aaron Spelling Executive Producer
Roy Straigis Songwriter
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Narada Michael Walden Songwriter
George Williams Songwriter
George Zamora Special Effects

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Cross My Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
this is one of those feel good romantic type movies and this movie is a feel good movie i would recommend it to anyone who enjoy this types of movies i really would great movie it was!