Accidental Love

Accidental Love

David O Russell (2013)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An accident with a nail gun leaves a small-town waitress (Jessica Biel) with a bolt in her brain, prompting bizarre personality swings, in this political satire-cum-farce that was hamstrung with a troubled production history. Originally filmed back in 2008 under the title Nailed, it was subsequently disowned by Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell, who's credited here as Stephen Greene. That backstory certainly delivers curiosity value. While the result is wildly uneven in its madcap wit, the central thrust, in which a thoroughly game Biel travels to Washington to seek a change in the healthcare laws, at least has some purpose in pointing up the foibles of the political classes when it comes to health provision for ordinary folk. Still, given that Biel's travelling companions are a clergyman suffering from priapism and an ex-weightlifter living with a wrecked rectum, we're definitely not in Frank Capra territory. Catherine Keener's Machiavellian senator is a comic standout, otherwise the film is strained and messy - but bonkers enough to keep you watching.

Summary

A small town waitress suffers a freak accident that causes her to act erratically. Unable to afford medical treatment, she journeys to Washington DC in a bid to raise awareness of her plight. Once there, she bumps into a bumbling but well-meaning young politician who promises to help her. Romantic comedy, starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and Catherine Keener.

Cast & Crew

Alice Eckle Jessica Biel
Howard Birdwell Jake Gyllenhaal
Rep Pam Hendrickson Catherine Keener
Scott James Marsden
Keyshawn Tracy Morgan
Edwin Paul Reubens
Helen Eckle Beverly D'Angelo
Aunt Rita Kirstie Alley
Speaker Buck McCoy James Brolin
Dr Turnstall Bill Hader
Reverend Norm Kurt Fuller
Director David O Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowGuidance: Sex scenesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 19 Jun 2015
Comedy Drama