Madonna, the material girl, plays a classic rich bitch in SWEPT AWAY, an awful
B-movie. Written and directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie (SNATCH), the movie's
only fun moments come when it is so bad that it becomes kind of fun to laugh at.
As the movie opens, Amber (Madonna), her husband Tony (Bruce Greenwood) and
their spoiled friends have rented a large yacht to transport them from Italy to
Greece. Or is it the other way around? These jetsetters aren't sure of much of
anything in their shallow lives. With a mile-wide, fake smile, the captain
(Patrizio Rispo) offers Amber a friendly hand to greet her. Grimacing, she says
to no one in particular, "I'm not interested in shaking Black Beard's hook."
Amber saves the most vicious of her diatribes for Pepe (Adriano Giannini), a
deckhand who waits on her hand and foot. She calls him "nature boy" and worse.
Pepe returns the insults but not in English.
In the second act, Amber and Pepe end up marooned alone on a deserted island.
This is when the story's ridiculousness accelerates. After not eating or
drinking for a few days, Amber manages to have her hair barely mussed and her
tummy barely empty. "Fasting is good for you," she taunts Pepe. "It's a
Things change rapidly in the story. When Amber discovers hunger, she signs up
to be Pepe's slave in a complete role reversal from the boat. As best I can
tell, the script at this point wants us to feel sympathy for the poor little
rich girl. The movie takes one ludicrous turn after another. Even when making
love on the beach in the middle of nowhere, they still keep their bathing suits
Other than the enjoyment of a few cheap laughs, the only other possible reason
to see the picture is a three minute music video that is stuck in the middle.
If I saw this musical number on MTV, I'd switch the channels, but, in the
context of this turkey, it provided a welcome change of pace.
SWEPT AWAY runs 1:33. It is rated R for "language and some sexuality/nudity"
and would acceptable for teenagers.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes