New York concierge Doug Ireland (Michael J. Fox) wants to go into business for himself and refurbish a hotel on Roosevelt Island, N.Y., but he needs an investor. With a few weeks left before his option on the site runs out, Doug agrees to help wealthy Christian Hanover (Anthony Higgins) conceal his affair with salesgirl Andy Hart (Gabrielle Anwar) from his wife. Despite his own attraction to Andy, Doug tries to stay focused on getting Christian to invest $ 3 million in his project.
Initial release: December 4, 1993 (South Korea)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Box office: 11.15 million USD
Music composed by: Bruce Broughton
Screenplay: Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner
Film synopsis :
At first glance, FOR LOVE OR MONEY looks like a holdover from the greed-filled 1980s, a last gasp glorification of Reagan/Bush era yuppiedom. The surprise is that it’s actually an amusing, if occasionally formulaic, comedy.
Michael J. Fox is Doug Ireland, a cunning-yet-lovable concierge at New York’s posh Bradbury Hotel. Doug knows all the angles, from where to get jewelry wholesale to how to procure hard-to-get theater tickets, but he doesn’t quite have the knack for romance. Andy (Gabrielle Anwar), the department
store salesgirl on whom he has a crush, humors him but won’t agree to a date. David has two dreams: to win Andy, and have his own hotel.
When mogul Christian Hanover (Anthony Higgins) arrives at the Bradbury, Doug sees his golden opportunity. He hopes to score points when he’s entrusted with keeping an eye on Hanover’s mistress, whom he’s distressed to learn is Andy. Doug is now torn between his attraction to Andy, who he thinks
|Directed by||Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Produced by||Brian Grazer|
|Written by||Mark Rosenthal
|Music by||Bruce Broughton|
|Edited by||Jim Miller|
Imagine Films Entertainment
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|15 March, 2019|
an important party. Eventually Doug learns that Hanover is not only using him as well, but is planning to purchase the land Doug had envisioned for his hotel in order to build his own palatial establishment. Thanks to an unexpected ally, Doug foils Hanover and wins Andy, who realizes that Doug was
the guy for her all along.
To the degree that it succeeds (the last half feels a bit forced), FOR LOVE OR MONEY does so on the strength of Fox’s snappy performance. Not unlike the young Jimmy Cagney, he hardly stops to breathe in some scenes, notably in the sequence–played like an elaborate three-card-monte game–in
which he and the other local concierges buy and sell theater tickets from each other. There are some original comedic touches (Fox’s sparse city apartment includes several fishtanks full of Chinese duck sauce packets), and the action moves along so quickly that one doesn’t pay much attention to
the plot’s plausibility. In any event, it’s no more unbelievable than some of the classic screwball comedies of the ’30s and ’40s, which it resembles in its pacing and colorful characters. The hotel is stocked with several, including the ancient bellhop (Fyvush Finkel of TV’s “Picket Fences”) who
prides himself on being able to take every piece of a guest’s luggage to the room in one trip. Michael Tucker (“LA Law”) has a small part as a naive out-of-towner trying to rejuvenate his marriage, and Fox’s trip with him to the wholesale jewelry exchange is one of the film’s highlights, with Fox
and the dealer exchanging insults while each attempts to get a better price. Gabrielle Anwar, though sometimes a bit too childlike, gives a refreshingly low-key performance, and her natural chemistry with Fox adds to the film’s appeal, helping to raise it above its fairly familiar elements.
The Pierre Hotel (New York City) appears in a famous American romantic comedy film “For love or money” (“Concierge”) (1993) under the name of a luxury Bradbury Hotel. The plot of the film is centered on the main character, who works as a concierge at the Bradbury Hotel, fulfilling a huge amount of various duties. It is possible to enjoy all the beauty of the hotel because it is presented in different settings and storylines.
The reason why the movie has two official titles is simple: two major aspects of the plot are emphasized by their titles, i.e. the job position and the choice made by the main character. This film deeply shows life in the hospitality industry, which is so diverse, dynamic, interesting and attractive.
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