Guarding Tess
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A man trained for a life of excitement and danger is given a new and unexpected challenge -- minding a grouchy old woman -- in this comedy. Doug Chesnic (Nicolas Cage) is a Secret Service agent who takes great pride in his job, performing his duties with the utmost professionalism and always minding the details. However, his assignment for the last three years has been a severe test of his patience; Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine) is the widow of a former U.S. president who is well-known for her diplomatic and philanthropic work, and Doug has been in charge of her security force. But Tess… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is indeed likable. But director Hugh Wilson, who co-wrote the script with Peter Torokvei, just skims the surface of potentially rich territory."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Like the role itself, Cage is clearly in service here to a fabled but fading star, and he seldom slips on that second banana."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"We have seen it before: The movie throws together two individuals (Shirley Maclaine and Nicolas Cage) who could not have been more different and then shows us how they learn to respect each other."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A fun idea, blandly executed"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"For the first half-hour, the tension between Cage and MacLaine makes for some truly funny moments, but then it seems as if director Hugh Wilson called a wrap too early."
‑ Shellie Iliff, Palo Alto Weekly
"Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Competently executed and entertaining, chiefly due to the first-rate performances of stars Cage and MacLaine."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Speaks to the universal human yearning for someone to watch over us."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"They should have pulled her detail."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Mr. Cage, once again sounding mock-suave and Elvisy, makes the most of his character's fragile cool."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"There are a few good jokes, some solid chemistry between the leads, and a little pathos, but it all doesn't add up to very much."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Straightforward but enjoyable comedy that sees Cage and MacLaine going at it hammer and tongs -- although not in that sense."
‑ , Film4
"So-so sitcom-like star comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A chance to watch two great actors shine in rich, funny, real roles."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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