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"She got picked up at her own husband's funeral!" She is Pearl Berman, a not-so-inconsolable widow whose emotionally barren life and dysfunctional family get a joyous kick in the pants when a handsome Italian confesses that for 23 years he's loved her from afar. And now it's time for a closeup. As love turns Pearl luminescent, her disgruntled daughters and mother also discover that happiness is worth waiting for. Best Actress Academy Award(r) winners* Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy and Best Supporting Actress Oscar(r) winner* Marcia Gay Harden join Italian film great Marcello Mastroianni as the talented people who make Used People a funny, tearful, all-star celebration of life and love.

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  • Actors: Shirley Maclaine, Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Marcia Gay Harden, Marcello Mastroianni
  • Directors: Beeban Kidron
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TPJMZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At her husband's funeral, a Jewish woman (Shirley MacLaine) is approached by an Italian man (Marcello Mastroianni). After offering his condolences he asks her on a date. She accepts just to shock her sister and mother-in-law who are watching over her with their instructions of what she can and cannot do. On their first date, for coffee, she learns that 25 years ago her husband was going to leave her but was talked out of it by the man who sits before her. He's waited all this time for her to be free. She doesn't know how to deal with information so she deserts him. He's not easily discouraged and positions himself in her life affecting both her and the members of her family.

This story is about life after death and how the death of a loved one affects those left behind; in particular, the wife and her two daughters and their children. Shirley MacLaine is excellent as the bitter widow who laid down her life for her husband and children and now that her husband is gone and her children are grown and on their own she isn't too sure what to do with herself.

Kathy Bates plays an overweight waitress with two children of her own and wears her pain on her sleeve while her Marcia Gay Harden plays her sister, a bank clerk who dresses up like different movie stars to cover up her pain. Marcia makes a hot Marilyn Monroe and Anne Bancroft. She has a son who things he's Superman and is grieving over another child that died. Both women gave stellar performances.

The costumes, food, funeral, wedding and family dinners are just window dressing for this gripping story about coming to terms with aging and the loneliness associated with both loss of love and loss of who they use to be. But it's also a celebration of the time remaining and finding a reason to celebrate each day. It was longish in parts and sometimes it was hard to understand what Mastroianni was saying but overall an inspiring movie.
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Touching, romantic, comedic, satiric, sad...and that's just Marsha Gay Harden's character! THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE RELEASED ON DVD NOW!
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When is this title comming out on DVD? With all the junk out there comming out 2 days after it's final movie runs, why can't they release this future classic on DVD. So well written, funny, sad, heart warming all at the same time. There are very few movies that can make you feel this many emotions all in one movie. I have the VHS version but would LOVE the DVD if it ever comes out. If you liked this movie, please rally for it's release on DVD by indicating it in your review. Thanks
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I absolutely LOVE this movie!! Having said that, I was very excited to finally see it available on DVD. BUT...there are no captions!! Some of the characters have accents, and trying to decipher every word becomes difficult. Also, captions are just a common courtesy for the hearing impaired. I ended up buying the digital streaming version of this movie (with captions), and will return or simply donate the purchased DVD. Very disappointed.
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I remembered this film as being so sweet and funny , but the intervening years have not been kind to it. I still liked it but realized it was not as "wonderful" as I remembered. It is never made clear why Perl and her husband were so unhappy during the marriage. Their life was most likely very comparable to the majority of middle class marrieds who lived during the 40's, and 50"s. And into the 60's. this time around I was fascinated by the lovely hair of Pearl and the fantastic retro chrome kitchen set. Mastroiann'is accent was too heavy for me to understand exactly what he was saying. I found myself backing up the CD in order to understand the dialogue. I adore Marcello but I am convinced another actor in this part would have made all the difference, I am thinking perhaps Anthony Quinn.
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I absolutely LOVE this movie! I have a favorite scene between Shirley and Katie Bates that I kept rewinding and rewatching, to the point that my daughter asked me why I kept doing it. I wanted to memorize the scene. It was so profound to me. It's the elevator scene. Every actor in the film should have been nominated for an actor's award. Just my opinion.
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It took me quite a few years to figure out the name of this movie. Then I discovered that Amazon had a feature called Video Library. I was able to buy the movie and watch it on line any time and as many times as I want. I will be using this feature a lot more. What a great service this has become. Thank you, Thank you THANK YOU Amazon. This was such a great movie with amazing named actors and such a cute story
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A must see film totally underated We loved the mix of religions and how really raw the characters were A tale with a great twist of love and a wonderful restrained love from Mother-Daughters relaitionship What did Shirley Maclaine have on her dinner plate when her daughter told her the news she was moving to California what a scene Kathy Bates was marvellous Go buy it Now
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