Heartbreak Hotel
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Heartbreak Hotel
Johnny Wolfe (Charlie Schlatter) is an Ohio teen whose alcoholic mother Marie (Tuesday Weld) has been a huge Elvis Presley fan since the 1950s. To cheer her up on her birthday, Johnny kidnaps the king of rock & roll (David Keith) after a 1972 concert. Elvis settles in to the Wolfe's den by decorating the house to his flamboyant tastes and helping Marie and her daughter Pam (Angela Goethals) through some difficult times. After Johnny convinces Elvis to perform with him at a high-school talent competition, he also lectures Elvis that he has lost touch with his roots and urges him do drop his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Columbus] pushes the film's slender premise much too far."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"One would like to think that Tuesday Weld was in on the absurdity of this enterprise, but this one treats it all straight, with a solemnity that may have you rolling in the aisles."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Overlooked comedy gem."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
"Face it. The King has left the building, gone to that Caesars Palace in the sky. Columbus, say goodbye."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Keith at the top of his game"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Here it is, the goofiest movie of the year, a movie so bad in so many different and endearing ways that I'm damned if I don't feel genuine affection for it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It must have looked good on paper, but this film written and directed by Christopher Columbus comes across as silly and insubstantial on the screen."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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