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Passion of Mind

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

A juicy romance story for older teens.

Movie PG-13 2000 105 minutes
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Passion of Mind is the equivalent of a juicy beach book, an old-fashioned guilty pleasure chick flick. At first, the two storylines provide counterpoint. One relationship becomes physically intimate. The other becomes emotionally intimate because she tells him of her double life. Then both relationships deepen and the two lives begin to provide some resolution for one another. Items from one life begin turning up in the other. She begins to understand that she can take what she needs from her dreams and make it work in real life.

It is very schmaltzy. But I found myself beguiled by its unabashed romanticism. There are some nice subtle touches – the clusters of hats, Marty's relationship with her therapist, Marie's relationships with her daughters and her confidant – and the resolution has some psychological validity, at least in movie terms. And, this movie has two of the all-time great movie boyfriends.

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