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When a Man Loves a Woman

3 Ratings: 4.0
Director: Luis Mandoki; Stars: Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia; Release Date: February 15, 2000

A picture-perfect family, full of love and passion for life, is threatened by the wife's dependence on alcohol in this heart-wrenching drama. In the end, it may take more than they can give to overcome their shared struggles.

Genre: Drama
Release Date: 1994
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about When a Man Loves a Woman

Great Andy Garcia Performance

  • Nov 2, 2008
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Alice Green (Meg Ryan) and her husband, Michael (Andy Garcia) are a happily married young couple, until Alice's secret drinking problem is exposed. Alice goes to rehab and when she comes home, she and Michael don't know how to act with one another without the help of alcohol.

This is a really good romantic drama dealing with the terrible ways alcoholism affects a couple and their young children. Oh, my goodness - that Andy Garcia can act and he's quite the dreamboat, too. He's so utterly convincing as the tortured husband that it makes me wonder why I haven't seen him in more leading roles. Meg Ryan, on the other hand, never convinced me she was suffering with guilt or shame or anything; her sunny smile and angelic face were always the same...perky, perky, PERKY! Alcoholism never looked so good!

It's interesting that most of the conflict in the story is after Alice comes home from rehab. It's only then that they both realize what a big part drinking had in their lives and that they have to start all over in their relationship. Although the happy ending is never in doubt, this is an emotionally draining film that is very well done.
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