26 January 2018 | Michael_Elliott
The Stars Make This Worth Watching
Mad Love (1995)
*** (out of 4)
Good boy Matt (Chris O'Donnell) has Casey (Drew Barrymore) move into the house across from his. Matt uses a telescope to check her out and they finally meet but before too long he realizes that she is suffering from some mental problems.
MAD LOVE pretty much came and went from theaters without making too much of a splash. By today's standards, it was probably a big disappointment as you had two hot young stars and the film just didn't catch on them and it really hasn't gained any sort of following in the years since, which is too bad and especially if you're fans of O'Donnell and Barrymore.
Look, this film is rather stupid in its simple view of mental illness but at the same time there's no question that the two leads are quite good together and both of them deliver fine performances, which makes this film much more watchable than it would have been otherwise. If you're a fan of the two stars then the film is worth checking out as long as your expectations aren't too high.
The biggest problem with the movie is that the O'Donnell character is a bit blind and does a few too many stupid things. The film has a somewhat far-fetched story but it's really trying hard to be a tragic love story ala Romeo and Juliet, although certainly not on the same level. The romance between the young stars work and Barrymore certainly steals the show with her performance as the damaged young woman.