Romantic comedies explore how people fall in love in unusual situations. In Green Card Gerard Depardieu, who received a Golden Globe for his performance, plays a Frenchman who marries Andie MacDowell so he can remain in the United States and get his green card which allows an alien to work. She agrees because it will help her to secure a special apartment with a green house. Depardieu is round, coarse and lacking in culture; MacDowell is a typical New York liberal from a wealthy family and initially the two opposites repel.
The relationship on paper takes a twist when the Immigration Service begins to investigate the legitimacy of the marriage. The two are forced to stay together in the green house apartment. The time spent together convinces each one that they are unhappy and the marriage is only one of convenience. But when the investigators question each separately, a realization grows that the two opposites are greatly attracted to each other.
Depardieu is far from a traditional leading man, but he is charming on the screen. He has certain "je ne sais quoi" which has great appeal. MacDowell in contrast is lovely and delicate; together they are believable and pleasant to watch. The film is not filled with great laughs but many pleasant smiles and knowing looks between couples in the audience.
The grandfather of this type of romantic comedy, It Happened One Night, with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, won an Academy Award for best picture."Green Card is not in that league. It Stumbles because it does not have a perfect ending. It ends well but a romantic comedy should end great, like Pretty Woman.