Although Nicolas Cage showed a new range and talent in "Leaving Las Vegas", I think it is roles like this one in "Guarding Tess" where he is at his best. He plays a Secret Service agent who is having a frustrating time protecting the fiesty former first lady, Shirley McClain. Lots of funny dialogue, the chemistry between the two is great. Not quite as over the top as "Raising Arizona" or "Honeymoon in Vegas" although he was hilarious in both of those as well ...He's got the facial expressions and timing of a great comic actor.There are also some <more>
good supporting performances. You'll laugh a lot watching this movie. One that might slip under the radar screen but is definitely worth checking out.
Outstanding Film with Wit and Humor (by Captain Ken)
Shirley has done it again. What a great film. The relationship between her and the Secret Service agent is excellent... The ways she tricks them call for great writing. I enjoyed each moment of this film I just wonder what First Lady Shirley was copying ???? See it to find out. It is a gem
Great Movie (by DMMII0)
A well written, well acted movie. Highly under rated and under appreciated. Great characters, great dialogue. Cage and MacLaine are excellent. I am normally no fan of MacLaine. See this movie and enjoy!
A good, old-fashioned comedy (by dho-2)
Guarding Tess is a film that relies on character and dialogue for its impact rather than flashy special effects or frenetic action. The humour is subtle rather than sledge-hammer, a rare achievement for a modern comedy.The interaction between the eponymous Tess Shirley MacLaine and her chief minder Nicholas Cage is well scripted and beautifully played. There are also some fine supporting performances from the likes of Richard Griffiths.Well worth investing 90 minutes of your time to watch.
very enjoyable (by Siloty)
When this movie was bought, I at first wasn't keen on watching it except because of Nicolas Cage I thought it might be alright.Well when I sat down to watch this movie I was quite surprised to how entertaining this movie actually was.There were funny parts that would put a smile on my face and some that made me laugh out loud. There were also great drammatical parts later in the film that just added to the fine touches of making a great film.The chemistry between Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine worked so well and their performances entertaining and often funny.A great movie about <more>
learning to appreciate what is given to you and not wasting energy on what you cannot get. A gem of a movie, I recommend it.
A unique and memorable relationship grows between a former first lady and the secret service man who helps protect her. (by leighsaavedra)
This should not be a spoiler except in terms of flavor; this fine film brings me back to "Driving Miss Daisy." A reluctant secret service agent Cage is forced to renew his term for "guarding" a moody, very bright, usually difficult former first lady. From an infinite number of quickly subdued facial expressions, inhalations, and rare comments, we see that Tess the former first lady is a complicated character, built of far more complex material than that which has created simply a tiresome, demanding and spoiled lady finding herself in old age without having prepared <more>
for the life she has now.Rather quickly, we see her aloneness in the world. Less quickly, Cage too sees it and exhibits an understanding that far transcends the many funny moments in this serious work.See it. If you understand how close to the soul its scratches are, your eyes won't be dry at the end.
This is an unexpected pearl of a movie. Neither of the two stars, Shirley MacLaine or Nicholas Cage, are normally high on my list of favorites, but they pull off this odd ball relationship to perfection. There's chemistry here, just not in the usual sense of the word! It's a plot idea unlike any I've previously encountered...Doug Nicholas Cage is a Secret Service man assigned the dubious honor of "guarding Tess" Carlisle Shirley MacLaine , the feisty, aging, crotchety widow of a former American President and friend to the current President who owes her favors and she <more>
doesn't let him forget it! . Nothing Doug does pleases Tess; nothing ANYONE does pleases Tess. Yet, she has an obvious underlying affection for her Secret Service guard, the only agent she'll in fact tolerate, who most of the time wishes he had just about any other job. Tess's own son totally neglects her and she's a lonely lady, caught up in old memories of her past White House days, when she and her husband were objects of great respect, affection, and attention. Tess is a cantankerous character now of course Shirley MacLaine's a natural for the part! but altogether sympathetic. I won't give away the story but Doug has his work cut out for him, and not just putting up with her moods, whims, and assorted outrages. The plot thickens and drama awaits...There's action and adventure but the movie is much more character driven than plot driven. It's a treat to watch the unfolding relationship between this unlikely pair. Whether it's a realistic scenario or not, it makes for an entertaining, amusing, and touching movie you're bound to enjoy.
A delightful movie with outstanding performances (by rustydog)
This perfect little gem of a movie deserves watching. With such a wonderful cast and such a great script, if this movie has any fault at all, it is under-appreciation. Shirley and Nick play off each other like the pros they are. The photography is on cue, the pace is keen and the underlying message of learning to love and care for what you have instead of squandering your energies on unrealistic ambitions is heart-warming. Among the many great moments are the calls from the President, Tess's temper tantrums, the scene at the opera, the "stand-off" in the car, and Tess's last <more>
scene from the hospital. I don't think this submission contains spoilers, but if they are, they're harmless. Please, please see this film.
Nicholas Cage is "Guarding Tess" in this 1994 film starring Shirley MacLaine, Austin Pendleton, Edward Albert, Richard Griffiths, and James Rebhorn. Shirley MacLaine is a much beloved ex-first lady who has Secret Service protection, and one of her protectees, Doug Chesnic Cage is thrilled when his round of duty is over. However, Tess makes a request of the president her husband's vice president to let Doug stay on a little longer. Annoyed, Doug starts standing up to her more, bringing on himself the wrath of the President of United States, who's sick of hearing from her. <more>
Doug and Tess finally start bonding - she in a way she could never do with her own son - and then something happens that threatens both of them in different ways.I love Nicholas Cage in comedy - "Honeymoon in Vegas" comes to mind - and he has some hilarious moments in this as Tess and his situation become more aggravating to him. He does a terrific job. Shirley MacLaine is wonderful as Tess - feisty, annoying, vulnerable, and sad.This is a very sweet and funny film and not at all cloying. It's a little contrived; however, the performances really make it a good rental.