Video Review

It Could Happen To You

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
B

Details Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda and Rosie Perez

It Could Happen To You.But it probably won't. This engagingly preposterous fairy tale, all about the joys of altruism, tops off its cast of caricatures with a cop (Cage) who pledges downtrodden waitress (Fonda) half his lottery take in lieu of a tip. The gist of their roles is to act inhumanly simple and virtuous, in contrast to his grasping, baubled wife (Rosie Perez). Cage proves he could do a lifelike Robin Hood, while Fonda would be more than winsome in The Princess and the Pea. Here it is a pleasure to be persuaded to suspend disbelief. After 101 minutes, though, it's back to the real world, where giving has lost its good name. B

Originally posted Jan 27, 1995 Published in issue #259 Jan 27, 1995 Order article reprints