Slide 7: She's So Lovely (1997)
Eddie Quinn, the irrational, impossible lover: As a sort of anti-romantic comedy, Nick Cassavetes' film (based a screenplay by his father John) cast Penn as a man emotionally incapable of being husband and lover, as emotionally incapable of not being one. Sad and sentimental, crazy and charismatic, Penn embodies the wonderful, horrible paradox of love. Janet Maslin wrote in the New York Times, "As played by Penn with a strong echo of the senior Cassavetes' wounded, boyish, teasingly seductive presence (in a performance that won the best actor award at this year's Cannes festival), Eddie means to be good to Maureen." But then we all know where the road paved with good intentions leads.