It Could Happen to You (1994) Blu-ray Review

Next up on my look at Nicolas Cage films that are currently available on Blu-ray is a romantic comedy-drama from 1994 that also stars Bridget Fonda. Here’s my It Could Happen to You Blu-ray Review.

  • It Could Happen to You (1994)
  • Genre: Romance / Comedy-Drama
  • Running Time: 101 Mins
  • UK Rating
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Tri-Star
  • Blu-ray US Import (All Regions)
Plot

When New York police officer Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) finds he has no money to tip waitress Yvonne Biasi (Bridget Fonda) he offers to split any potential winnings of his lottery ticket with her. The following day he returns and reveals they have won, however Charlie’s wife Muriel (Rosie Perez) is far from happy about the arrangement. The three lotto winners become the talk of New York with the newspapers running daily updates on their lives. Charlie and Yvonne seem to have a special connection, could there be love in the air?

Style / DirectionIt Could Happen to You (1994) Blu-ray Review

The film is directed by Andrew Bergman with the cinematography side of things that’s taken care of by Caleb Deschanel. The film takes place in New York as we follow the couple around the city. It’s a nicely put together film striking the right balance between romance and drama.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Carter Burwell & Joe Mulherin. Overall this is a nice light romantic feeling score that hits the right mood and tone for a romantic comedy-drama.

Acting / Characters

Nicolas Cage plays a NYPD officer Charlie Lang, a guy that simply likes to do the right thing whilst his wife is only interested in material gain. He plays the role well and works particularly well against the similar excellent Bridget Fonda.

Fonda plays Yvonne Biasi a waitress at a New York dinner, her life is falling apart, her husband has run off with all of their money leaving her responsible for all of his debts.

Countering the films two hopeless romantics is Charlie’s wife Muriel played by Rosie Perez. She’s a nasty piece of work that’s rather self obsessed and not interested in her husband only her social standing. Perez nails her character and in doing so adds the necessary villain to proceedings.

Cast
  • Nicolas Cage as Charlie Lang
  • Bridget Fonda as Yvonne Biasi
  • Rosie Perez as Muriel Lang
  • Wendell Pierce as Bo Williams
  • Isaac Hayes as Angel Dupree
  • Stanley Tucci as Eddie Biasi
  • Victor Rojas as Jesu
  • Seymour Cassel as Jack Gross
  • J.E. Freeman as Sal Bontempo
  • Red Buttons as Walter Zakuto
  • Richard Jenkins as C. Vernon Hale
  • Charles Busch as Timmy
  • Beatrice Winde as Judge

A feel good film that works largely because of its two leads, Cage and Fonda

Conclusion – It Could Happen to You Film Review

Let’s be honest romantic comedy-dramas are probably always going to be a little cheesy. That said we do indeed need them and provided they are done well they can be highly enjoyable affairs. Fortunately It Could Happen to You is one of those, it’s a feel good film and works largely because of its two main leads, Cage and Fonda. Both are extremely likeable characters that have you rooting for them to get together.

To sum-up It Could Happen to You is an easy to watch movie that is certain to cheer-up even the coldest hearted sole. It may not be a masterpiece but it doesn’t need to be, it’s simply an enjoyable and heart-warming experience and I guess that’s more than enough.

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It Could Happen to You Blu-ray Review

It’s time to take a look at the picture quality and the news is good. The image is clean and free from any dirt marks whilst the colours appear correct. There are no extras included related to the actual film merely a couple of trailers for some pretty awful looking movies.

Extras
  • None

On to my movie rating for It Could Happen to You (1994)

  • Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
  • Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: NONE

It Could Happen to You (1994) is available now on Blu-ray

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version

So that’s It Could Happen to You Blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:

 

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It Could Happen to You (1994) Blu-ray Review

Director(s): Andrew Bergman

Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Wendell Pierce, Isaac Hayes, Stanley Tucci

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
4

Summary

A feel good film that works largely because of its two leads, Cage and Fonda

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