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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...
I'm reviewing my old original release DVD which I purchased in July of 2006. The picture quality leaves much to be desired. Colors seem uneven. The film looks pretty rough on my 32" 720p screen. Watchable but noticeably bad. Michael Gore's original themes have been adapted here by someone who had the nerve to take a 'Music by' credit for Mr. Gore's work. It sounds beautiful in 5.1. This isn't an effects movie so there's nothing really to shine in a surround mix other than the music.
In typical old school Paramount DVD fashion, extras are sparse. You get the trailer and a snoozefest of a commentary track by the director, who takes long pauses.. I'd say nearly as long as Rob Reiner does in his commentaries. Very frustrating. What he does say is not especially enlightening.
To sum it up, we have a movie that ranks only among better TV movies (which isn't a compliment to a theatrical film). A DVD that presents the film rather poorly, and no bonus features worth getting it for... yet I still have to recommend it to 'Terms' fans because you need to see the continuation of the story, even if it pretty much sucks. LOL. I cannot recommend paying the current price of the 'Archive' version of the disc. This should be a bargain bin disc. Don't pay over $5 to see this thing.
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I ordered this film recently as I never saw this wonderful sequel to the classic film Terms of Endearment. It's worth it..great plot and cast of charactersPublished 11 days ago by Vivian L.
I never knew there was a sequel. I always wondered if there was more to the story, and there was. This one was more of a comedy. That was ok. Life is not always serious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe Dunnam
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