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Kirstie Alley ( Cheers ) knocks 'em deadliterallyand then becomes hysterically hysterical in this laugh-out-loud funny comedy which co-stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Carrie Fisher (When Harry Met Sally), Jami Gertz ( Ally McBeal ), Scott Bakula ( Enterprise ), Sam Elliott (Fatal Beauty) and Ed O'Neill ( Married With Children )! All Marjorie (Alley) ever wanted was to become a writer: like Sylvia Plath...only happy. But she put her dream aside to marry a doctor (Bakula)...before discovering that he has no bedside manner! Unhappy, unfulfilled and decidedly unsatisfied, she attempts to find bliss in a hotel room with a handsome stranger. But when the man she checks in with checks out for goodleaving behind only a smiling corpse and a shocking identity Marjorie will have to cover up the body and the affair...or she may as well write off the rest ofher life!
Carl Reiner, who paired with Steve Martin in The Jerk, takes another rewarding gamble in Sibling Rivalry, matching comic actress Kirstie Alley with a screwball tale of mistaken identities, three sets of siblings, and a pesky corpse. Alley plays a neglected wife encouraged by her sister (Jami Gertz) to have a fling; when she does precisely that with a handsome stranger (Sam Elliott), he not only dies in bed but turns out to be a long-lost brother-in-law. Further complicating matters is a salesman (Bill Pullman) who thinks he inadvertently killed Elliott's character, plus a lot of doctor jokes (Carrie Fisher plays a bullying gynecologist married to a protologist) and a deadpan cop (Ed O'Neill). The screenplay's comic complications take a little too long to reach critical mass, but when they do, Reiner masterfully controls the essential screwball timing and Alley, Pullman, Gertz, and screen veterans John Randolph and Frances Sternhagen thoroughly deliver. --Tom Keogh
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time. Kirstie Alley, Sam Eliott, Ed O'Neil, and Carrie Fisher
are all at their best, and this commedy does not hold back any
opportunity to score laughs.