Guarding Tess (1994)

Rothe Blog Guarding TessThree Stars

We wanted to see this movie after playing Scene It. I think I had seen it before, but it was a long time ago. I expected a comedy, it was closer to a drama really than a rip roaring funny movie.

Starring Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine, Cage is a secret service agent who feels he has the worst job in the government security arena, guarding a old, hateful woman, the widow of a president, who day in and day out gives him hell. Cage acts tough, like he takes crap from no one, but when the president calls, he snaps too, and he is the one at the end of the whip.

There are some funny parts, and you really relate to the characters in this movie. The push and pull Cage has internally, the way that Tess becomes as bitter and old as she does, and the end when Cage is deathly scared when she is kidnapped and fears that she may be gone. I think this movie is ok, I wouldn’t ever own it other than for seeing Cage in his first of a couple breakout roles before he made it big. It isn’t a great movie to watch with a bunch of friends waiting for a ton of laughs, instead better to watch with a family. A good story and a solid movie.

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