“Sea of Love”: Film review

Hard-boiled hard-drinking tough-guy Manhattan Detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino), reeling from the break-up of his marriage, teams up with Bronx Detective Sherman (John Goodman) to investigate a serial killer targeting lonely hearts advertisers who post poetic ads. While on the job, Keller falls for single-mom Helen (Ellen Barkin), and can’t quite get his suspicious mind to quiet down. Keller works extremely hard to just about destroy the relationship in every possible way, Goodman and Pacino are a great and hilarious on-screen team, Barkin is mesmerizing, and the tension climbs to a satisfyingly explosive conclusion. This is a classic 80s detective thriller and a showcase Pacino film. Plus, who doesn’t like that “Sea of love” song, though Cat Powers’ version is obviously superior to the original.

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