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Beautiful Joe

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Having left the Big Apple after a string of startling personal revelations, Joe (Billy Connolly) washes up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he happens upon a sultry ex-stripper named Hush (Sharon Stone) who is in serious debt to local crime czar George … see full wiki

Cast: Ian Holm
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: R
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Beautiful Joe – a surprising treat

  • Aug 22, 2003
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Written and directed by Stephen Metclafe, I was nicely surprised with this release. I haven’t been a huge Billy Connolly fan, although one stand-up comedy stint I saw was decent.

Joe is an everyday guy, a florist living in the Bronx. A hard worker, married, just trying to get along in the world. Joe has suddenly become besieged with blinding headaches and visiting his doctor, discovers he has a brain tumor. Arriving home early from work, he finds his buxom wife romping in bed with the plumber.

Could things get any worse for Joe?

The wife describes him as boring and she wants out. Her father tells Joe she is nothing but town trash and he will be better off without her. It is actually a comical interaction between son and father-in-law. Joe decides it is time for adventure in his life. He heads west, young man, go west.

Things just got worse.

Joe stops at Churchill Downs and makes a killing at the track. Unfortunately, that killing leads him directly in the path of Hush, a flirtatious little southern piece played by Sharon Stone. Hush has a gambling problem, she also has a bookie and loan shark on her back and two kids at home to care for.

Naturally Hush and Joe hook up and things really begin to go out of control for Joe, a former calm and peaceful man. For one thing, the loan shark thinks Joe is the front man from the Irish clan in the Bronx, known as ‘Beautiful Joe’. When he finds out this Joe is just a plain old Joe, a contract goes out on him.

There is Vegas, there is gambling, there is mud wrestling with beautiful babes and brawny guys, there is guns and bad guys, and there is one good guy – Joe. There is a funny turn around for the loan shark and the Irish clan and through it all, there are the beautiful children who have fallen for Joe.

I wouldn’t say this was a great movie but it was a good one. Billy Connolly was great in the part of Joe, kind of scruffy and loveable at the same time, great accent. Sharon Stone was, well, Sharon Stone – out there, a chameleon, but also likeable.

Jurnee Smollett played the pre-teen daughter, Vivien. Quite a beautiful and accomplished little girl and Dillon Moen was the silent son, Lee. Ian Holm was George the Geek, the loan shark – a funny guy and Dann Florek was the in-your-face Happy, a friend of Joe’s from the Bronx.

I would watch it again, it was decent enough.



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