IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU was originally titled "Cop Gives Waitress
$2M Tip" which was a better title, but except for the current blah,
generic title, I have nothing but good things to say about this
wonderful, romantic, and life affirming movie.
There is a great narrator who appears early and late in the show,
and who shows up some in-between as a speechless observer. His name is
Angel (Isaac Hayes), and he tells us in the beginning that the movie
"is mostly true." Although it is true, it is told as a fairy tale and,
moreover, a wonderful romance.
The basic plot setup is that a cop (Nicolas Cage), gives a
waitress (Bridget Fonda) a tip of half of his lottery ticket. The
ticket turns out to be worth $4,000,000. The waitress is the classic
bad luck type who has just that day declared bankruptcy.
The cop has had a long childless marriage to his childhood
girlfriend (Rosie Perez). Their marriage is one where he muses that
"I'm not sure why we ever got married, but we no longer have anything
to say to each other." Perez is not happy with him either because he is
not making "any serious money". Her girlfriend advises her to dump him
and marry an electrician. Early in the show, he wins the lottery, and
then all of the twists and turns begin. Some are predictable, but many
There is an instant romance and visible chemistry between Cage and
Fonda that is a joy to behold. You see this in the first 5 minutes of
the movie. It makes you feel good to be alive. Their acting is
terrific. Several times, I thought they were going to burst into song.
It is that kind of movie. Great mood music in it too.
Small things like the setting in Queens were well done. How about
a show set in a poor ethnic neighborhood where the kids are nice, play
stickball and no one mentions the word drugs? Amazing that.
The movie starts wonderfully, ends great, and has perfect pacing
Copyright © 1994 Steve Rhodes