Academy Award(r) nominees Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Best Actress in a Leading Role - 1988) and James Woods (Salvador, Best Actor in a Leading Role - 1986) are Michael and Linda Spector, a mature, successful couple who have everything it takes to be parents ... except a baby. Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes) and Kevin Dillon (True Crime, Midnight Clear) are Lucy and Sam, a teenage couple who have a baby on the way ... but aren't ready to be parents. Director Jonathan Kaplan (HeartLike a Wheel) and screenwriter Barbara Benedek (The Big Chill) mix laughter and tears in this funny, uplifting look at two very different couples who unexpectedly find a common bond and ultimately bring out the best in each other. Dazzling, funny performances bring a touching humanity to this slice-of-life comedy with a big heart.
Few subjects for film are as fat with moral and emotional complexity as human infertility, and the 1989 Immediate Family
is an interesting, serio-comic example. Glenn Close and James Woods star as the Spectors, an aging, professional couple who can't conceive on their own. After meeting an unmarried and pregnant 17-year-old girl named Lucy (Mary Stuart Masterson), the Spectors decide to care for her until she hands over her baby to them for adoption. Everything goes according to plan until Lucy and her boyfriend (Kevin Dillon) make the bold decision that they don't want to part with their child, leaving the Spectors twisting in the wind until collective love and wisdom find a way out of this predicament. Directed by Jonathan Kaplan (The Accused
), Immediate Family
has an honest appeal and attractive performances, but is also noteworthy for its counterintuitive casting of a fiery Woods as a bland, conventional lead. --Tom Keogh