Green Card (1990): Romantic Comedy Starring Gerard Depardieu

Green Card, a middling but enjoyable romantic comedy, was directed and written by Aussie Peter Weir, better known for his dramas and thrillers (“Picnic at Hanging Rock,” “Witness”).

Using the premise of a fish-out-of-water, the tale concerns a beautiful American woman, Bronte Parrish (Andie MacDowell), who in order to keep her apartment, needs to get married.  Her target is a burly French composer named Georges (Gerard Depardieu), who is eager to earn a green card so he can stay and work in the U.S.

The couple doesn’t live together, but when the government’s Immigration authorities begin to investigate their case, they are forced to put up a façade to convince them that they are truly in love.

There is nice chemistry between the French iconic actor, in his first English-speaking part, and MacDowell, who was then popular due to the success of “sex, lies and videotape.”

The movie has some charm but is extremely old-fashioned.


Oscar Nominations: 1

Original Screenplay: Peter Weir

Oscar Context:

The winner was Bruce Joel Rubin for “Ghost.”


MPAA: PG-13.

Running time: 108 Minutes.