The Object of Beauty The Object of Beauty is a mild but charmingly off-kilter romantic comedy. Jake (John Malkovich) and Tina (Andie MacDowell) are floating bons vivants who travel… The Object of Beauty The Object of Beauty is a mild but charmingly off-kilter romantic comedy. Jake (John Malkovich) and Tina (Andie MacDowell) are floating bons vivants who travel… R PT103M Drama Mystery and Thriller Andie MacDowell John Malkovich Lolita Davidovich Peter Riegert LIVE Video
Movie Review

The Object of Beauty (1991)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Rated: R; Length: 103 minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Andie MacDowell and John Malkovich; Distributor: LIVE Video

The Object of Beauty is a mild but charmingly off-kilter romantic comedy. Jake (John Malkovich) and Tina (Andie MacDowell) are floating bons vivants who travel from country to country, running up tabs in swanky hotels and keeping one step ahead of their creditors. The two are genuinely in love-yet the second their ''fortune'' begins to unravel, so do their ties to one another. Writer-director Michael Lindsay-Hogg gently satirizes love in an era of buy-now-pay-later brinkmanship. The film moves at a casual tempo that's often a little too lifelike, but the two stars establish a teasing intimacy. Malkovich makes Jake's haughty belief in his own persuasive powers bizarrely attractive, and MacDowell finds a core of grace in Tina, whose life is a series of carefree addictions (she's hooked on booze, Jake, and the good life). At times, these two spoiled-brat innocents suggest the embattled protagonists of Sid and Nancy, only with charge cards instead of heroin. B

Originally posted May 03, 1991 Published in issue #64 May 03, 1991 Order article reprints
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