Guarding Tess
Guarding Tess (1994)

Hugh Wilson and Peter Torokvei wrote this comic tale of a former First Lady, now widowed, whose cantankerous and demanding behavior proves too much for her Secret Service bodyguard.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 14, 1998
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Critic Score
59%
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48%



Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leonard Klady
Variety

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.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Like the role itself, Cage is clearly in service here to a fabled but fading star, and he seldom slips on that second banana.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Competently executed and entertaining, chiefly due to the first-rate performances of stars Cage and MacLaine.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Cage, once again sounding mock-suave and Elvisy, makes the most of his character's fragile cool.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.

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Film4

Straightforward but enjoyable comedy that sees Cage and MacLaine going at it hammer and tongs -- although not in that sense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
The premise of the movie (differing opinions between a headstrong political widow and her secret service agents) is good. But the movie struggles in the… More
Jason Spencer
Funny.
Anthony Lawrie
Guarding Tess is labelled a comedy, the problem is that it's not very funny. There are funny people in it though which makes this all the more annoying. I… More
Steven Vincent Gee
The performances by the two leads are perfect and certain situations are clever. But the third act ends on a ridiculous serious note that killed the film as a… More
Wahida K
Guarding Tess is such a Funny movie. A old lady driving a young man Nuts. lol
Sunil Jawahir
It's remarkably like the Bodyguard except they don't fall in love...thank god.