The romantic comedy SPEECHLESS spins a similar tale of politics and romance starring Geena Davis and Michael Keaton as two insomniac speech writers working for opposing political candidates. They meet in a drug store reaching for the last bottle of Nytol, and later they meet again at an all-night cafe. Unable to sleep, they strike out across the desert in search of breakfast burritos and … run out of gas. During the ensuing ride in the back of a Mexican farmer’s pickup truck, they fall for each other to the sound of a Spanish ballad.
SPEECHLESS seeks to know what brings such different people together and arrives at some genuine, although light-hearted, conclusions. The two discover that what they share goes much deeper than their politics and that the stuff of their attraction is intangible and, even for these writers, unspeakable. Keaton and Davis give winning performances, and the movie is well-written and directed. In fact, everything about SPEECHLESS is charming, with the exception of its cliched musical score, a smattering of foul language and implied fornication. The movie will not give audiences the emotional workout it gives its characters, but it will definitely entertain.
(R, LL, S, A, M) Romantic, idealistic worldview that implies that political positions do not matter in affairs of the heart; 9 obscenities, 3 profanities & 2 vulgarities; implied fornication; adults drinking at a party & in a bar; and, candidates accept bribes, intense competition between speech writers & use of stolen information.