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Love and a .45
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Directed By
C.M. Talkington

Written By:
C.M. Talkington

Gil Bellows, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, Jeffrey Combs, Jace Alexander, Ann Wedgeworth, Peter Fonda, Wiley Wiggins, Jack Nance, Charlotte Ross, Michael Bowen, Scott Roland, Tammy Le Blanc, Scott Roland, Todd Conner, Richard Rothenberg

Love and a .45 (1994)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 28th, 2007

I regretted having to fork him in the neck

I love to go back and watch movies that acclaimed actors did when they were younger. There's something enchanting about seeing someone who's now famous back in a time when they had nothing. A period when they were hungry. Sometimes what you see is a stomach churning display of desperation. Sometimes you catch that magic. Watching LOVE AND A .45, you get to witness the latter with Zellweger's performance.

The movie is a shallow attempt at capitalizing on the popularity of bloody action flicks in the vein of Tarantino. Two white-trash lovers get mixed up in a few murders and go on the run from the law and some unscrupulous characters. There's violence, there's an abundant use of vulgarity and there's even a unabashed rip-off of the scene in RESERVOIR DOGS where Tim Roth's character is writhing in the back seat of the get-away car, complaining about being shot in the gut. The script has moments when it is amusing, but the plot is mostly a by-the-numbers ordeal. Yet the movie is rather entertaining if you can manage to not take it too seriously.

The reason why LOVE AND A .45 works is that the actors never really take the film too seriously either. There is a charm to it that suggests the cast and director were enjoying their experience, including a completely wacky and utterly delicious cameo scene with Peter Fonda. Zellweger just radiates off of the screen with that hunger in her belly. Her eyes shine and her pout is practically 3-D. I would be remiss if I didn't point out the sheer brilliance of Rory Cochran in his role as a meth addict. This was quite possibly the best representation of a tweaker since Crispin Glover's turn in A RIVER'S EDGE. It pains me that Cochran has yet to enjoy the level of fame that Zellweger has achieved. But things could be worse. He could have aged as poorly as Gil Bellows has. Poor Gil. That skinny lawyer really did a number on you, didn't she?

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