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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Star Shines Bright
THE EVENING STAR is the sequel to the highly popular 1983 film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. The kids are grown up. The eldest son in jail, the youngest son in a dead end job and fathering an illegitemate son with his girlfriend, and a hell bent daughter. Aurora has to deal with all of this, but her friends such as her maid Rosie, help her out. Rosie decides that Aurora is...
Published on January 28, 2003 by J. M. Zuurbier

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overall - Not Awful but Not Great, Either
I see that this film, the sequel to "Terms of Endearment," has recieved either great reviews or awful reviews in this forum. The truth is, it is somewhere in between. Shirley MacLaine is a delight as Aurora Greenway, Marion Ross holds her own as Aurora's Maid, and I thought Ben Johnson's performance was beautifully understated and effective. But the plot founders in...
Published on September 15, 2000 by Gregg Hillier


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Star Shines Bright, January 28, 2003
This review is from: The Evening Star (DVD)
THE EVENING STAR is the sequel to the highly popular 1983 film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. The kids are grown up. The eldest son in jail, the youngest son in a dead end job and fathering an illegitemate son with his girlfriend, and a hell bent daughter. Aurora has to deal with all of this, but her friends such as her maid Rosie, help her out. Rosie decides that Aurora is depressed, and tricks her into seeing a psychiatrist, who Aurora eventually falls for. Then there is Patsy, always integrating herself into Aurora's life, being jealous of her taking care of the kids when they were growing up. This feud is well played throughout the movie, with Patsy trying to upstage Aurora at every chance, and vice versa. They both fall for the same man, who is much younger than Aurora, which only causes more friction in their already tumultuous friendship. Life changes though when her grandson gets out of jail and decides to make a life for himself, and Aurora's granddaughter learns to chase her dreams after life's disapointments. The movie centers around these characters and their interpersonal relationships with each other, dealing with conflicts, death, and whatever card fate hands them. Shirley MacLaine shines once again as Aurora Greenway, and the cast is enriched by Juliette Lewis, Bill Paxton, Marion Ross, Miranda Richardson, and more. Overall, some reviewers don't like it as much as TERMS, but I think this improves on an already great story.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley MacLaine, back as Aurora Greenway..., January 21, 2005
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Byron Kolln (the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Evening Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
THE EVENING STAR is the long-awaited sequel to TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, continuing the story of Aurora Greenway and the children of her daughter Emma.

Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) has succeeded in raising Tommy (George Newbern), Teddy (Mackenzie Astin) and Melanie (Juliette Lewis), though she's not very happy with the outcome. Tommy is in jail, Teddy has had a family out of wedlock and Melanie is skipping college and sleeping with a boy that Aurora (to put it mildly) doesn't approve of.

Aurora's lovelife has also taken a nosedive. Garrett (Jack Nicholson) has moved away and the house seems too big and lonely. At the `suggestion' of maid Rosie (Marion Ross) she goes to see a counsellor (Bill Paxton). Trying desperately to keep Emma's family together, Aurora slowly mends the rift between the past and present.

This emotional sequel to TOE is fantastic. Miranda Richardson fills the role of bitchy Patsy (played by Lisa Hart Carroll in the original film) perfectly, and Marion Ross more than fills the shoes of Rosie (played previously by Betty King). Juliette Lewis is lovely as Melanie (and does resemble Debra Winger who played Emma). And no sequel to TERMS OF ENDEARMENT would be complete without Jack Nicholson dropping by!

So lets revisit Aurora as she takes us through the next chapter of the Greenway story...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic, beautiful movie!, December 17, 1999
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This review is from: The Evening Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Once again, the critics have no idea what they're talking about. This movie is so wonderful, it had me laughing, crying and everything in between. It is beautifully written and acted, and you will not be disappointed if you buy this movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Bright, May 10, 2000
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This review is from: The Evening Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In The Evening Star, the sequel to 1983's Oscar-winning predecessor Terms of Endearment, Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) picks up where she left off.
The saga now continues with her dead daughter's beleaguered offspring, and Granny Aurora just ain't doing so well. Her heart is, as always, in the rightest of places. Every week she's in the state pen visiting Tommy (George Newbern), but he's content to toss her homemade brownies in the trash. Teddy (Mackenzie Astin) drives a tow truck and has a little brat of his own. Most belligerent is Melanie (Juliette Lewis). Like the others, she's still angry over her mother's death and more often than not takes it out by doing whatever she feels like, much to the chagrin of Aurora.
All these problems drive Aurora into the arms of Jerry (Bill Paxton), a much-younger therapist who, like Albert Brooks in Mother, has some kind of unresolved Oedipal conflict to work out. Their scenes together are cute and sexy.
The film's sentimentality is overshadowed by the pure spunk of MacLaine's portrayal. And her perennial nemesis Patsy (Miranda Richardson) more than keeps Aurora's blood pumping.
It's fun to see MacLaine in this role again. She imbues Aurora with a warmth and trueness that reminded me how much I had missed her. Even the third act cameo by Jack Nicholson as astronaut Garrett went down easy.
Perhaps best of all is Marion Ross (Yo, Mrs. C.!), who gives a lovely performance as Rosie, Aurora's maid.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest movie, losts of emotion, great acting., October 19, 1999
This review is from: The Evening Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This movie was amazing. I laughed, I cried. I have watched this movie so many times, that I will need to buy a second copy of it. Even my 7 year old daughter loves this movie. It has a great story line, and is just written beautifully.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartmoving!, June 15, 2003
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This review is from: The Evening Star (DVD)
Everytime I watch this witty, funny, sad, tearful movie, I both laugh and cry. The acting is wonderful. Shirley Macclaine is a very lovable character along with the rest of the cast. Great movie! Never get tired of re-watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heartstring tugger, July 30, 2000
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This review is from: The Evening Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
If you enjoy watching people's lives, you will probably enjoy this movie. There doesn't seem to be a plot, per se, but simply an unfolding of the years through various characters' lives. The acting and dialogue are superb.If you were a fan of "Terms of Endearment," then you may feel a sense of closeness to the characters - you WANT their lives to go well. It is touching to see the years pass and the "family" draw closer together (some friends in the film are as much a part of the family as if they were blood kin.) If you are really into the film, you will laugh and you will cry. Although it's not your typical story type with a definite beginning and ending, it is well worth watching. After it is over it leaves you with some things to think about - important things about life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie, March 28, 2001
This review is from: The Evening Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In most cases, I dont enjoy sequels to other movies, but in this case, I truly enjoyed this movie, The Evening Star, which is the sequel to 1983's Terms of Endearment. Shirley MacLaine lights up the screen again, playing the role of Aurora Greenway. The movie takes place years after Aurora's daugher has died, and all of the deceased mother's kids have grown up. Growing up hasn't been easy, and the movie focuses on the relationships between family and friends, the good times and the bad times. The movie focuses on rediscovery of life, and finding new purpose for each character. The movie both entertains and tugs at your heart strings with its dramatic plot that will bring tears to your eyes, but also will make you laugh in more comedic scenes. I highly reccomend this movie if you are looking for a movie that touches your soul, and makes you think about life in general, or if you just enjoy good movies, period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath-taking, wonderful, humorous & poignant, January 21, 2006
This review is from: The Evening Star (DVD)
"The Evening Star" is an inspirational film covering serious topics such as moving away, death, and everyday living.

The story focuses on a widowed, well-to-do grandmother living in Houston, TX played by Shirley MacLaine, whose grandchildren have all taken a turn for the worse. Her favorite grandchild, "Melanie" has decided that she no longer wants to go to Rice, so she decides at the last minute to drop-out after receiving a "D" on her lit paper and decides to move out of her grandmother's home, and moves in with her hapless boyfriend, who desires to become a male model thinking he's going to get rich quick. Ultimately, they leave Houston for the bigger city lights of LA where "dreams come true," but unfortuantely, for "Melanie" and her boyfriend things don't turn out as they had planned and now "Melanie" is left alone living in L.A. with her grandmother just a phone call away, decides to call her and tell her how difficult life really has become and of course, her grandmother fully understands and wants her to move back, but "Melanie" decides that moving back will only make it seem that she's being dependent on her grandmother.

The other grandchildren are two sons, Melanie's brothers, one who has a hardened heart and is in prison and the other one is a tow truck driver--not exactly what "Aurora Greenway" wanted her grandchildren to become.

Little by little, as "Aurora's" life seems to be taking a turn for the worse, Shirley MacLaine manages to maintain her composure, elegance and fortitude knowing that sometimes no matter how hard life can become, you can always make the best of a bad situation and she does!

I highly recommend this film to adults, who need a little pick me up, but at the same time can cope with serious issues such as death because the movie is a tear jerker.

*(Not suitable for anyone under 18 due to the adult themes, and profanity).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rainy afternoon, February 24, 2006
This review is from: The Evening Star (DVD)
I bought this movie to collect and watch right after the first one and it is great how well it meshes. i recommend a rainy afternoon with a big afghan just like Aroura does and snuggle on the coach and watch them. Great movie to add to collection
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