Playing by Heart

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Romantic Comedy, Chick Flicks

Brief Synopsis: "Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into her orbit. An adulterous couple meet at hotels for evening sex. Hugh tells tall tales, usually tragic, to women in bars."

Overall Ranking: 855 (Rank from 1998: # 13)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Dennis Quaid (Hugh)
  • April Grace (Valery)
  • Patricia Clarkson (Allison)
  • Gena Rowlands (Hannah)
  • Sean Connery (Paul)
  • Gillian Anderson (Meredith)
  • Christian Mills (Phillip)
  • Kellie Waymire (Jane)
  • Madeleine Stowe (Gracie)
  • Anthony Edwards (Roger)
  • Ellen Burstyn (Mildred)
  • Jay Mohr (Mark)
  • Tim Halligan (Cook Show Director)
  • Michael Emerson (Bosco)
  • Jon Stewart (Trent)
  • John Patrick White (Pete)
  • Amanda Peet (Amber)
  • David Ferguson (Drag Queen)
  • Joel McCrary (Drag Bar Bartender)
  • Alec Mapa (Lana)
  • Worthie Meacham (Second Drag Queen)
  • Michael B. Silver (Max)
  • Nastassja Kinski (The Lawyer)
  • Angelina Jolie (Joan)
  • Ryan Phillippe (Keenan)
  • Willard Carroll (Director)