Accidental Love (2015)

Accidental Love (2015)
  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Stephen Greene
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, James Brolin, Tracy Morgan


An original political satire about a naive small town waitress who accidentally gets a nail buried in her head, causing erratic and outrageous behavior that leads her to Washington DC. There she falls for a dashing, but clueless, Congressman who searches for the courage to save her.

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  • Directors have a singular vision for their work which doesn’t always jibe with those of studio heads, who are predominantly interested in getting the best return on their investment. Orson Welles famously never had the same amount of creative control that he possessed with Citizen Kane. Ridley Scott has about half a dozen versions of Blade Runner, a new definitive director’s cut popping up every five years or so. Yet few directors have completely disowned a work. Before being Oscar-nominated for The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle, director David O. Russell was working on a film called Nailed. Financial difficulties stopped and started the film, James Caan dropped out due to creative differences, and the production was eventually shut down with Russell officially quitting the film. Subsequently resurrected, many scenes were then filmed without Russell’s involvement and the finished product, now titled Accidental Love, finally sees the light of day without Russell’s directorial imprimatur.

    Whether the film’s incoherence is a result of the aforementioned turmoil or already a pre-existing condition is debatable. Accidental Love is a messy sprawl of a film, but that’s part and parcel of operating as a screwball comedy. The trick is controlling the chaos, and ensuring that there’s a fully formed set of intentions behind the mayhem. Russell is a huge admirer of director Frank Capra; it’s all too easy to view this film as his valentine to Capra’s socialist comedies, specifically the exemplary Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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