Green Card – Filtered

Theatrical Release: January 11, 1991
DVD Release: March 4, 2003


Georges Faure is a Frenchman who has been offered a job in the U.S. But in order to get the job he must obtain a work permit -a green card, and the easiest way is to marry an American. Bronte Parrish is a New Yorker who is a keen horticulturalist and has just found the perfect flat with its own greenhouse. Unfortunately the flat is for married couples only. A marriage of convenience seems the ideal solution to both problems. To convince the immigration officers they are married for love, they must move in with each other. As the mismatched couple attempt to cope with life together, they start to fall in love.

Dove Review

The story begins in a cafe called “Africa.” A couple played by Andie MacDowell and Gerard Depardieu get married so that Georges (Depardieu) can get his green card and Bronte (MacDowell) can get her application for an apartment approved. When the two are investigated by Immigration to ascertain the “legitimacy” of their marriage, the couple is forced to spend a weekend together getting to know one another. The situations in this movie are portrayed as classical romantic love and the two never sleep in the same bed together and the only real displays of affection are some very passionate kissing. The film itself is obviously a love story from start to finish, and although it isn’t exactly a kids’ film I certainly don’t think there is any reason they shouldn’t be allowed to watch it. The couple find love in their differences and the real story is that life’s unpredictability can be a blessing even when one might think it’s a curse.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man is seen groping at the Bronte character in the dark, but he is yelled at and sent out of the house by Georges almost immediately.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: There are several dinners with wine, but this is a French custom, and is not used to get drunk.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Buena Vista
Writer: Peter Weir
Director: Peter Weir
Producer: Peter Weir
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 107 min.
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth
Reviewer: Nick Lavelle