Minnie and Moskowitz
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Minnie and Moskowitz

1971
Romance
Comedy
1h 54m
Minnie breaks up with her married boyfriend and becomes disillusioned. However, she begins to learn that there is hope for love and romance in a desperate world when she meets a crazy car-parker named Seymour. (imdb)
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Minnie and Moskowitz

1971
Romance
Comedy
1h 54m
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Rated 26 Jul 2009
8
82nd
A very different and original love story that shatters all the rules of romance movies and has some sweet editing and cool cinematography. Seymour Cassel also sports one of the best mustaches ever.
Rated 20 Jan 2010
5
81st
I'm not really one for the quirky romance but this just has too much going for it. Cassavetes realism? check. Prominent Rowlands role? check. Cassel bouncing off walls, sporting a wicked moustache? check. I can't help but get with it.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
95
99th
The second best Cassavetes movie, after A Woman Under the Influence. It directly confronts the paradigm of romance in 'The Movies', basically shredding it to pieces. Featuring characters so pathetic and flawed no one besides Cassavetes would ever dream of putting them on screen, Minnie and Moskowitz takes one step beyond "warts and all" naturalism and social realism, crossing over into a kind of lowlife-emphasizing mannerism. Which is precious. A sad, funny, tremendously insightful movie.
Rated 27 Apr 2014
8
98th
the past is bleak and the future is narrow. the present is cartwheels in a parking lot.
Rated 24 Jan 2014
5
70th
a movie where a whole bunch of creepy men chase after gena rowlands. here, the performances aren't quite as naturalistic, and cassavetes seems to be trying too hard to teach us that, hey, even the most different of people can fall in love, woop de boop boop! meaning the romance is not that believable. but rowlands is always fun and it's still a good and touching drama. also a completely unsuitable use of the blue danube, even without comparing it to waltzing spacecraft.
Rated 02 May 2021
80
75th
This is basically "People Yelling About Everything: The Movie". Every man in Rowlands life yells at her loudly. You don't really see a man eating a bowl of chili and a hot dog in film anymore. Cassel has the most disgusting moustache in film history, and I literally gasped when he cut it off.
Rated 08 Jul 2020
75
59th
The only person that can act better than Seymour Cassel and is Timothy Carey, and he steals the show for 5 minutes in the first 5 minutes. That scene sets a precedent for the entire film; if you don't like how he interacts with anyone, let alone Gena Rowlands, then this movie isn't for you
Rated 29 Mar 2010
94
93rd
A comedy that takes the cliched premise "opposites attract" to ridiculous heights in this romance between Rowlands the assistant museum curator and Cassel the parking lot attendant. The movie continues to show us how improbable and inappropriate this romance really is (and how odd these two people really are), blessing it all nonetheless, and in the process creating a romantic comedy that does what all romantic comedies should do: it celebrates the mysterious and creative possibilities of life.
Rated 18 Feb 2024
96
99th
this film is WILD, real and super funny. i thought it was more tightly scripted and paced than other Cassavetes, making it a perfect introduction to his work. and again, Gena Rowlands directed by John Cassavetes is truly one of a kind. It's a woman as real as can be. It's the female condition thru Cass's eyes. But more than that, it's their soulmate connection made manifest in celluloid. Something that other master filmmakers strive for and painstakingly construct, seems to flow naturally here
Rated 04 Jul 2014
8
80th
Rather than depict a larger-than-life romance between two Hollywood stars -- something that's explicitly mocked time and time again by Minnie, with director John Cassavetes winking at us in the corner of the screen -- the movie pairs two low-lifes from opposite ends of the spectrum and makes them fall in love, possibly to prove a point, possibly just because, possibly to say "fuck you" to Hollywood. Overall, it has a lot of charm, and there are several good conversations and speeches.
Rated 17 Feb 2024
88
75th
I hope this film is not a setup, as Minnie would say.
Rated 06 Nov 2009
90
97th
I'm officially in love with Gena Rowlands's crazy smile.
Rated 08 Nov 2013
85
59th
Cassavetes' characters are made for each other and no one else. That is what Minnie and Moskowitz is about. Awkward and painful and unnerving, but ultimately quite sweet.
Rated 23 Jun 2010
4
74th
Cassavetes turns the romantic comedy on its head, using quirky and eccentric characters but depicting them practically. It's definitely his funniest achievement. The characters, despite their irrationalities, are so charming that you can't help but love them.
Rated 24 Apr 2021
90
93rd
Cassavetes rips up the rulebook on cinema romance; his protagonists have no business being anywhere near each other and yet their whirlwind relationship is both convincing and impossible not to cheer for. The rich, explosive characterisation makes for a film that’s beautifully human and occasionally very funny, while Rowlands and Cassel (sporting the most incredible moustache) are exquisite as the mismatched couple.
Rated 10 Aug 2018
60
37th
generally in life, i wish people would yell less
Rated 14 Jun 2019
65
42nd
Moskowitz's character sorta requires this to be a very male perspective-centered film, and I think there's something to be said about how Gena Rowlands's character comments on that toward the beginning when she muses about fictional film archetypes.
Rated 08 Jun 2020
68
66th
Cassel's performance gets irritating after a while, despite its obvious intention to be so, and the mistreatment of Rowlands' character occasionally borders on discomfort, but it's clearly an original, eccentric and knowingly absurd take on the odd couple romance scenario that it is hard to outright hate. Rowlands is excellent as usual, and Cassel's clumsy attempts at courtship provide some genuine laughs. Ultimately, love isn't like it is in the movies, including this one. Thank God for that!
Rated 15 Mar 2021
80
86th
In this very enjoyable art-house romance (one in which the always amazing Rowlands' character is acutely aware of how living and breathing unrealistic movie love stories can set real-life relationships up to fail) two individuals, both somewhat lost and full of idiosyncrasies, find each other.
Rated 05 Feb 2014
85
81st
An honest deconstruction and reconstruction of romance in films, this comparison made strong by the world Cassavetes creates with the excitable, yet down-to-earth characters that inhabit it. The story of this relationship doesn't feel quite new, but the dialogue and acting that carries it through make this an always unboring and refreshing romantic film.
Rated 10 Jun 2021
65
23rd
A messy, low-life romance with very little comedy and a lot of gendered violence and abusive behavior. Felt like a darker spiritual predecessor to the already-dark Punch Drunk Love.
Rated 08 Jul 2021
75
69th
"you know, I think that movies are a conspiracy. I mean it…. they are actually a conspiracy because they set you up, florence." some great lines, great encounters, funny characters... plot gets in the way of the film - in the beginning, the film is necessarily about these separate moments and their melancholic/darkly funny aura, but then it starts to follow a story that feels like a structured (and kind of toxic) rom-com. still a great one though!
Rated 22 Sep 2021
58
30th
I feel like everyone in this movie was on bath salts. Who behaves this way?
Rated 15 Feb 2023
83
83rd
At no point was I rooting for them to wind up together romantically, in fact, I was willing Minnie to get far away from this lunatic. That should maybe be considered a major problem but it honestly didn't hurt my enjoyment much if it all.
Rated 24 Feb 2013
85
80th
In its revealing of people's flaws it finds moments where all you can do is laugh, because not laughing is too depressing, and because how absurd we humans can be is, frankly, kind of funny, as well as achingly sad and endlessly interesting.
Rated 15 Aug 2018
36
27th
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