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Mad Love

Mad Love
Starring:
Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Linda  
Release date: May 26, 1995 Released by: Touchstone Pictures

This new film pairs Chris O'Donnell (Circle of Friends and Scent of a Woman) with Drew Barrymore (E.T. and Boys on the Side) in an intense, destructive and doomed romance. O'Donnell plays the part of Matt Leland, a warm, responsible teenager who falls in love with Casey Roberts (Barrymore), a new high school student whose spirited behavior captures his heart until he learns that she is more than he can handle.The film begins to go awry when Matt rescues Casey from the psychiatric hospital where she has been brought following a suicide attempt.

Although the story eventually deals with the reality of Casey's mental illness, a great del of the film seems to glorify her reckless behavior and its effect on the once responsible and sane Matt. Over time, he recognizes that his love is not enough to dull her pain and he realizes he must separate from her to allow her to be healed.

There e many insinuations throughout the film of possible abuse of Casey by her father, though nothing concrete is ever presented. I was left with the question of whether mental anguish creates painful memories or if bad experiences alone form a depression. This is a question that is not answered in the film nor has it been conclusively determined by the psychiatric field.

O'Donnell is again charming as the sensitive, loving man we have grown to love. He sports the new muscular physique which he created for Batman, which serves as one of the film's main attractions. Barrymore is also good in her role of the troubled Casey, but neither actor had much to work with in this unsatisfying story.

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Mad Love        C   C 

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