Guarding Tess (1994) - Comedy, Drama

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A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 9 out of 53 found boring (16.98%)

One-line Reviews (29)

Anyway it is an entertaining movie.

Great Entertaining Film .

I think this is well worth watching when you need a good night in with a bottle and a special companion.

A Good Movie With A Confusing Ending .

The film also has its heart in the right place and it's certainly worth watching.

It was always going to have a dramatic ending of sorts and I think, given the protector/protected dynamic that it was predictable that Tess was going to be in some sort of peril that Doug needs to save her from.

Cage is relatively good being the annoyed bodyguard, but obviously the key role and the big reason for this film being mildly memorable is indeed MacLaine, the problem is though that her performance is so close to realistic that the film isn't all that funny, I didn't laugh that much to be honest, I found it annoying, predictable in places, cringing for the wrong reasons, and overall just a bit dull, not my kind of comedy.

Nick Cage and Shirley MacLaine make this an enjoyable little movie.

Despite it being predictable and they could have worked the comedy a little better, especially with Shirly, I think this was a decent little movie that anyone could enjoy.

It is kind of cliche.

Then the unexpected happens.

From an infinite number of quickly subdued facial expressions, inhalations, and rare comments, we see that Tess (the former first lady) is a complicated character, built of far more complex material than that which has created simply a tiresome, demanding and spoiled lady finding herself in old age without having prepared for the life she has now.

Hugh Wilson shares writing credits, as well as directing this enjoyable film.

The chemistry between Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine worked so well and their performances entertaining and often funny.

This is an unexpected pearl of a movie.

If today's newer and younger audience could take a break from frenzied action and complex plots and come in for what we enjoyed they might appreciate that people relationships in ordinary settings can be all you need for an enjoyable experience.

At first it seems like an amiable if totally unremarkable comedy with the lead two actors bouncing off one another if an enjoyable enough way.

But honestly, this film is downright boring for almost the first half.

Nicolas Cage gives an equally brilliant performance as her main agent, frustrated by his boring assignment and Shirley's grouchy disposition.

The Stars Make It Worth Watching .

Guarding Tess is a relatively slow and uninteresting comedy/drama.

Guarding Tess is a light, likable film that has good intentions and is easily entertaining.

Whether it's a realistic scenario or not, it makes for an entertaining, amusing, and touching movie you're bound to enjoy.

While we didn't hear Harry (only Merman), we do get to hear the President's voice, hysterically pretentious in the voice-over of Hugh Wilson.

This was an entertaining film ruined only by one thing.

A mostly entertaining little movie that soon enough gets too big for its britches.

Well when I sat down to watch this movie I was quite surprised to how entertaining this movie actually was.

What makes film uninteresting is the lack of any thrills (save the ending), and the character of Tess is far unlikable, where we get to the point of wondering as to why we should care about the character.

very enjoyable .