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Swept Away

Guy Ritchie wrote and directed this schizoid romantic comedy—a remake of Lina Wertmuller's 1975 feature Swept Away . . . by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August—as a vehicle for Madonna, and both husband and wife seem to be in way over their heads. She plays a wealthy bitch on wheels who's dragged aboard a Greek yacht by her husband and some friends for a cruise to Italy; she amuses herself by torturing a hunky sailor (Adriano Giannini, son of Giancarlo, who played the role in the original), but when the two of them wind up stranded on a desert island, he turns the tables on her and bends her to his will. The first half of the movie is full of broad but capable comedy, but the original film's sexual and class politics are clumsily handled, and the mood turns serious with all the subtlety of a falling guillotine blade. 100 min.

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