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It Could Happen to You
Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four million dollars and, much to Yvonne's surprise, decides to honor the agreement. His action… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Bergman...really brings home the homage to Capra with the pic's warm, bordering-on-irresistible finale."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Simply and without pandering or insults to your intelligence, the movie delivers more of the old-style pleasures of moviegoing than any other picture in a long while."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"...generally comes off as an absolutely charming romantic comedy that benefits substantially from the unequivocal chemistry between its stars."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Though set at present, this schmaltzy romantic comedy might as well have been set in the 1950s or even 1930s, because at heart it's a Capra comedy celebrating the decency of the "little people.""
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Berggman shows that good-hearted folks get better with money, and evil people get nastier. The message is predictable."
‑ Shellie Iliff, Palo Alto Weekly
"Perez has a field day as Muriel, injecting a welcome note of good old-fashioned greed into what is otherwise a relentlessly edifying story."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Bergman never goes for heavy-handed schmaltz, and the whole movie has the same lighthearted big city spirit as the New York Post headlines that follow the story."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Writer Jane Anderson is a gifted scenarist who seems constrained by a Hollywood formula which places the happy romantic ending on the horizon like a beacon to stare at for nearly two hours."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Best romance ever. Real, genuine characters with real, developed relationships. Not insulting, not cutesy, just wonderful."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"A nice little gem of a summer romantic film that ought to pick up your spirits."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Sweetness is fine as far as it goes, but this oddball romance could have used a twist of lemon."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"If you're looking for a late summer, "feel good" romantic comedy, there aren't too many around more affable than this one."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Anderson's script manages to be both funny and touching without lapsing into undue sentiment."
‑ , Film4
"Pleasant rags-to-bitches tale, with Fonda shining."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"If there's one thing that makes this film really really work, it's the flawless cast."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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