Video Review

Love Potion #9

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan

It's the height of silliness: An elixir makes two wallflowers (Tate Donovan and Sandra Bullock) irresistible. But the blithe comedy Love Potion #9 is both playful and sweet — and its modest intentions fit the small screen snugly. Dippily frantic and celebratory, it's a fairy tale in which adults are magically endowed with new, outrageous self-esteem. Anne Bancroft shows up hilariously as a purveyor of potent potions, and some sequences (such as an army of men chasing a woman through city streets) recall classic silent comedy. A-

Originally posted Apr 09, 1993 Published in issue #165 Apr 09, 1993 Order article reprints