The Debate Is On: 1994’s ‘Speechless’ Shows Us Politics Can Have A Heart?

'Speechless'

‘Speechless’

This week, our resident movie reviewer, Jeremy Morrison, is back at it again in the white Vans to review another one of Olive Films most exciting new releases, “Speechless.” First, let’s take a walk down memory lane with a quick synopsis:

Can speechwriters on opposite sides of the political fence find love and happiness in the heat of an election season? This is the comic premise of Speechless, starring Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise) as Kevin Vallick and Julia Mann – Republican and Democratic speechwriters (respectively) and romantic sparring partners. Add to the mix Kevin’s ex-wife (Bonnie Bedalia, Die Hard) and Julia’s self-absorbed former fiancé (Christopher Reeve, Superman) and the stage is set for screwball comic hijinks in the tradition of His Girl Friday and the political savvy of TV’s The Good Wife.

Speechless, directed by Ron Underwood (City Slickers) from a screenplay by Robert King (TV’s The Good Wife) co-stars Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and Charles Martin Smith (The Untouchables).

The cast: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Ernie Hudson, Christopher Reeve, Charles Martin Smith, Bonnie Bedelia

J-Mo Says:

With election season racing upon us faster than memes of bears stealing Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar, SPEECHLESS is a fun reminder that staffers for the average politicos have feelings too. A quaint romantic comedy starring Michael Keaton and Geena Davis, SPEECHLESS is another misplaced gem coming your way through Olive Films. The folks over at Olive have settled into a cool groove of finding and releasing films that have been relegated to the bargain bins of yesteryears past.

I’m not sure where it falls in the list of greatest Michael Keaton or Geena Davis films, but after all these years the film still holds its charm and serves as a friendly reminder that opposites attract in even the most unusual of settings.

The performances are strong across the board. Though the disc is yet another bare bones release, I can’t recommend this flick enough. Tune in for Keaton and Davis, stick around for Christopher Reeve. Especially his stellar calf muscles.  — Jeremy Morrison, Film Geek

Check out this film and a plethora of other amazing releases from Olive Films via their official website — www.olivefilms.com.

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