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The public and private lives of famed songwriter Cole Porter are both explored in this musical drama, in which the aging Porter (played by Kevin Kline) looks back on his life while watching a rehearsal of a stage musical based on his story. As Porter compares notes on the play with director Gabe (Jonathan Pryce), he shares thoughts on his rise to fame in the mid-'20s, writing witty and sophisticated tunes for a string of successful Broadway musicals. Porter seemed to be living a charmed life when he met Linda Thomas (Ashley Judd), a beautiful American woman who, like Porter, was enjoying a sojourn in Paris following the collapse of her first marriage. Thomas is immediately taken with Porter, whose intelligence and charm is a welcome change after her brutal first husband, and the two discover they share a remarkable understanding of one another. Porter and Thomas marry, even though she's aware that her new husband is gay; Thomas is willing to forgive Porter's indiscretions with other men in favor of the emotional support he brings her. However, as the years wear on and the couple takes up residence in Hollywood as Porter begins writing tunes for motion pictures, Thomas finds Porter drifting away from her as his liaisons become more frequent and more serious. Then tragedy enters their life when Porter loses the use of his legs in a riding accident and Thomas is diagnosed with cancer. De-Lovely features a number of noted pop singers interpreting classic songs from Porter's catalog, including Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Elvis Costello, Robbie Williams, Mick Hucknall, and others.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 155
- Fresh: 74
- Rotten: 81
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The results ... are staid, with re-creations of Paris in the Jazz Age and Hollywood in its Golden Age that are like waxworks in motion.
Fresh: If for no other reason (and there are assuredly other reasons), I recommend De-Lovely to my readers for its honorable role in opening another door to our ridiculously repressed past.
Rotten: It is my sad duty to tell you it is wooden, artificial, contrived, infuriating and as phony as an invitation to bring along a tape recorder to dinner with J.D. Salinger.
Fresh: Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?
Obviously the negative reviewers don;t know the true joy of the lyrics or the fascination ofa nation that followed him. I love this movie I hope you do too.
You have to have an open mind when you watch this film it is not all about the him being gay it is being in love with someone so much that you would do anything to cover up who they really are to save there media spot light. You have to watch this movie to understand so before you judge this movie watch it. Other then that it is a great movie, if I enjoyed the movie as a stright male so sure anyone else, and if you dont keep you comments to yourself!
Not for kids
The preview of this movie is going to spawn dozens of low ratings from "children" who have no historical perspective on this genre. From someone who can relate; it looks de licious!
- De-Lovely (Music from the Motion Picture)
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