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She's the One

She's the One theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Burns
Produced by Edward Burns
Ted Hope
James Schamus
Written by Edward Burns
Starring Edward Burns
Jennifer Aniston
Cameron Diaz
Mike McGlone
John Mahoney
Edward Norton
Maxine Bahns
Music by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Cinematography Frank Prinzi
Editing by Susan Graef
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date(s) August 23, 1996
Running time 96 min
Language English

She's the One is the second feature film written and directed by New York actor/director Edward Burns. The 1996 comedy/drama stars Burns, Jennifer Aniston, and Cameron Diaz. The film marks one of Tom Petty's rare stabs at writing a movie soundtrack.



The film tells the story of Irish-Catholic Fitzpatrick brothers, Mickey (Burns) and Francis (McGlone) and the tribulations of love, family and betrayal. Mickey is a New York City cab driver, unhappy over an act of infidelity by Heather (Diaz), his ex-fiancée. Francis is a Wall Street stock investor, who unknown to his wife Renee (Aniston), is having an affair.

While driving his cab Mickey picks up Hope (Maxine Bahns), a girl with whom he becomes infatuated and impulsively marries that same week. This causes consternation for his brother, largely because he was not asked to be best man at the wedding. Mickey moves in with Hope, but later becomes disillusioned with aspects of their lifestyle, including frequent power cuts in their ramshackle apartment.

Francis is also having problems in his marriage. He is concerned that he is being unfair to Heather, his mistress, the very same woman Mickey left, by continuing to stay with his wife Renee. Renee' family suggest the problem may be that he is gay, so she has Mickey and their father Frank (John Mahoney) confront him about it. He denies being gay, but admits to being unfaithful.

Meanwhile, Francis' arrogance leads him to take potshots at his brother for the apparent lack of forward progression in his life with his wife, while Francis argues with Heather about her own sexual infidelity with a much older man referred to as "Papa".

One day, Mickey picks up Heather in his cab and agrees to go up to her apartment. Even though Heather comes on mildly to Mickey, he does not reciprocate.

Throughout all this their father offers advice to both sons. Then Frank learns during a fishing trip with the church's pastor that his supposedly highly religious wife hasn't been to Mass in months.

On a visit to his mistress's apartment Francis learns that Mickey and Heather have recently met. Francis makes an unexpected visit to his brother's apartment and questions Mickey about his visit with Heather. They get into an argument over whether or not Mickey had sex with Heather. Later, Mickey discovers that she is the woman Francis has been having an affair with. The revelation escalates to an argument in their parents' home, during a birthday dinner for their father. In an attempt to settle the dispute, Frank takes both Francis and Mickey outside and ties boxing gloves on each, with the intent of having them fight out their differences. Mickey proves the victor.

Eventually, Francis confronts Renee and files for divorce, in order to marry Heather. When Mickey finds out about the impending marriage, he informs Francis that Heather was once a prostitute. This causes Francis to get cold feet and angers Heather. She tells Mickey that she thought that he didn't have a problem with her prior choice of employment, and Mickey says that he doesn't, but Francis may, and that he has a right to know.

Meanwhile Hope has already dropped a bomb on Mickey. She is moving to Paris very soon. On a visit to the bar where Hope works, Mickey discovers that Connie (Leslie Mann), one of Hope's co-workers, claims to have had a special relationship with Hope before the marriage. Later Hope tells Mickey she is unsure if he should come to Paris after all, and their relationship appears to be about to break up.

Due to Francis' indecision over marriage in light of the news that Heather was a prostitute, Heather decides to marry "Papa", the older man she has been seeing. When Francis threatens to tell Papa that Heather was a prostitute, Heather tells Francis that Papa was "her best customer". He then calls Renee in hopes of getting back together with her. But she is already in another relationship with Scott Sherman, a mutual acquaintance whom Francis had made fun of in an earlier scene.

In the final scenes of the film, Mickey, Francis and their father Frank prepare to go fishing, only Mickey decides it would be better if he tried to have one last talk with Hope before she leaves America. Only their father has arranged a surprise guest - Hope. The movie ends with Hope asking to drive the boat, but Frank, aware that women are rarely allowed on-board, says it is too soon for that.


The music for the film was composed by singer Tom Petty, and performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The accompanying soundtrack leaves out most of the instrumental music featured in the film, and includes a number of songs that are not in the film, or are only heard playing dimly in the background. Singles released from the soundtrack included a version of the song "Walls" (featuring Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham), "Climb that Hill" and a song written by Lucinda Williams, "Change the Locks." The album also included a cover of "Asshole," a song by Beck.


  • Jennifer Aniston - Renee Fitzpatrick: Francis wife
  • Cameron Diaz - Heather Davis: Mickey's former fiancee, and Francis's current girlfriend. Heather works on Wall Street
  • Edward Burns - Mickey Fitzpatrick: a free-spirited cab driver
  • Mike McGlone - Francis 'Franny' Fitzpatrick: Mickey's workaholic younger brother. Francis works on Wall Street
  • John Mahoney - Mr. Fitzpatrick: Mickey and Francis' retired FDNY father
  • Maxine Bahns - Hope Fitzpatrick: Mickey's wife, a waitress and grad student
  • Leslie Mann - Connie: Hope's best friend and colleague
  • Amanda Peet - Molly: Renee's younger sister
  • Frank Vincent - Ron: Renee's father
  • Anita Gillette - Carol: Renee's mother
  • Malachy McCourt - Tom: Francis' brutally honest driver whom he regularly asks for advice

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She's the One is a 1996 film about two brothers as they experience the trials and tribulations of love, betrayal, and family.

Written and directed by Edward Burns.
A romantic comedy about two brothers... and the one thing that came between them. tagline


Francis Fitzpatrick

  • Big deal, you're happy. You're never going to make any real money.
  • Romance is great, but I just want to remind you, it don't pay the bills.
  • [to Mickey] Twenty-five fucking years, I've been waiting for the day I'd be bigger, tougher, stronger than you are. When you go down it's gonna hurt, baby. I'm gonna kick your fucking ass! Are you ready? You ready to be humiliated in front of your new wife and your father? You are an ugly bitch, I pity you...


  • Mr Fitzpatrick: [to Francis] Let me get this straight. You don't want to cheat on your girlfriend with your wife?
  • Renee Fitzpatrick: Francis, I cannot remember the last time I saw your penis.


Mr. Fitzpatrick: [about Mrs. Fitzpatrick] She's gonna be devastated. She's been up at that goddamn church every morning praying for your brother. And then yesterday she tells me I spend too much time on the boat. I don't even want to get into that discussion. And now you're gonna get divorced? Christ. She'll be up with Father John twenty-four hours a day. Thanks a lot, buddy. I'm probably going to have to start making my own breakfast again.
Francis: I'm sorry if my divorce interferes with your breakfast plans, Dad.

Mickey: Why are you getting so upset Dad? You don't even believe in God.
Mr. Fitzpatrick: That doesn't mean I'm going to stop being a good Catholic.

Heather: Look where your decency has gotten you. You are the only English-speaking white guy driving a cab in New York. That should tell you something.
Mickey: You know what Heather, I gotta imagine it beats sucking dick for a living though, huh?

Francis: Well, for one thing, I don't like the fact that you have sex with a geriatric.
Heather: Well, how do you think I feel about you going home and seeing your wife every night?
Francis: I haven't had sex with my wife in months.
Heather: Well, I don't know if that is such a good idea, Francis. Clearly you need the practice.

Heather: He doesn't care about my past.
Francis: Is that because he doesn't know you were a hooker?
Heather: He was my best customer.


  • A romantic comedy about two brothers... and the one thing that came between them.


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