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She has everything a young, Southern married woman could want: wealth, stability, strong family roots--until the day she sees her husband kissing another woman. Now she's ready to live life on her own terms in this spirited comedy-drama from the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise.]]>
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Julia Roberts does a believable job as a woman who has found out that her husband has screwed around on her. What I liked most about this movie was allll of the secondary characters... Kyra was the PERFECT Older sister looking out for her younger one, Gena was Great as the Southern Belle Mama, the Aunt (don't know this woman's name)was HILARIOUS as the "little" crazy Aunt that would/could go there. You really have to pay attention to this movie there are so many innuendos and funny moments that I truly can recommend this one. The actress that played the daughter was wonderful and last but not least Dennis Quaid did quite a convincing job as a contrite husband (once he was caught).
If you want something along this plot line I would also suggest "Hope Floats" which also stars Gena Rowlands and has pretty much the same subject matter but not the same movie. Enjoy.
The script by Callie Khouri is familiar but clever with some good human observations and some nice twists. I notice that Khouri also wrote Thelma and Louise (1991), which may explain why, in this flick, it is the men who learn (and need) most of the hard lessons. Robert Duvall plays the still feisty patriarch, Wlyly King, who really needs to learn to loosen the reigns a little, while Dennis Quaid, who plays Grace's adulterous husband, needs to appreciate what he's got and to stop catting around. Kyra Sedgwick as Grace's sister helps him by kneeing him right where it hurts the most, and Grace, accidentally on purpose, nearly poisons him. (All part of his well-deserved and to be continued penance.) Sedgwick sparkles while being careful not to upstage "America's Darling" too often while Gena Rowlands as the mother is steady and sure.
Julia Roberts has become a great star and a great actress, and she is one of my favorites, but there is no question that she felt not entirely comfortable in this part. From the details of the script you can see that she is supposed to be a somewhat ditzy and naively outspoken woman, a southern belle with spunk, a mind of her own, and a desire to be something more than her father's daughter or her husband's wife.Read more ›
Adultery and the poisoning of one's philandering husband, isn't comical; but both take place within the span of the movie, and the characters are so understandably human one has to give them a pass.
There are several story lines, first Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid, Rowlands and Duvall, owners of a prominent riding stable, and Duvall and Muse Watson, trainer of a Jumper, something for everyone.
Kyra Sedgwick is the sister every woman would love to have; Brett Cullen (Houston native and childhood friend of Dennis Quaid) serves as the respectable, almost lover of Julia's as he refuses to take advantage of her apparent inebriation. Gena Rowlands and Robert Duvall bring just as much cunning and hilarity as do Roberts and Quaid.
In my opinion one of the best and most truthful scenes takes place @ the party following the competition held @ their horse farm; Julia and Dennis dance to "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and you see the ice beginning to thaw between them which sets the scene for the healing of their relationship.
Not one of her more prominent movies; but I think one of her best, I highly recommend it.
A Post Script: There is profanity; and a few key scenes may prove too mature for some younger audiences. I would suggest anyone purchasing this that has young children to watch it first, before the family sits down for movie night, but in all honesty I wouldn't categorize this as family friendly.
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One of my all time favorite movies! I can watch this over and over and over again!Published 6 days ago by AndAngelia
I love this movie and watched it every time it was shown on TV. I decided to buy it and add it to my DVD library.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good movie. Suffers from not having most of the characters fleshed out, but still funny and a little refreshing in the "realistic" representation of an affair.Published 8 days ago by Joshua Jones
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