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All You Need

15 March 2001 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The characters of "All You Need" need a referee -- and the viewer could use a scorecard to keep track of the play-by-play action that occurs during one year in the lives of a seemingly together American family.

"Need", which had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, is a talky, mostly civilized group meltdown with strongest prospects as a cable item.

A small theatrical release is a possibility for a film with much verbal spiciness but no interfamilial nastiness so dire that viewers will be haunted. In any event, it's up to lead Kellie Martin (NBC's "ER," the CBS telefilm "About Sarah") to lure in the young and mature female audience the U.S. indie needs to survive in unkindly and even combative marketplaces. Tyro director Randy Ser co-wrote the screenplay with fellow producer Sam Hensley Jr., and there are some undeniably effective sequences and performances in "Need".

Given the subject matter of alcoholism, divorce, marital infidelity and starting over in life, Ser and Hensley show admirable restraint and strive for an actor's showcase, which will be good enough for those viewers in the mood for a round of predictable ups and downs in the scripted "real world."

The table is set for a magnificent Thanksgiving dinner, with three married sisters (Martin, Kayren Ann Butler, Amy Raymond) joining their mother (Janet Carroll), father (Robert Pine) and forgetful granny (Gloria Le Roy). Although sundry spouses and grandchildren attend, the celebration turns sour, like so many before it, when old habits lead to unpleasant behavior by the clan's soused matriarch (Carroll).

It's only the beginning for Beth (Martin), who loses her husband Sean Patrick Murphy) to another woman and goes through a numbing divorce. There to represent her and go the extra step of proposing they have an affair is the lawyer husband (Chris Shea) of one unsuspecting sister (Butler), while the other sis (Raymond) starts talking about sexual role-playing games and eventually ends her marriage in a flurry of scandalous developments.

But it's Mom who becomes such a problem that the sisters get a court order to force her to go into treatment for alcoholism, while cowardly Dad offers no solutions and won't abandon his mate. To put it another way: moms and dads -- can't understand them, can't stand under them. The filmmakers and performers are admirably in sync, and the ultimate message Beth gets out of it is "sail away, free bird."


Klag Prods.

Director: Randy Ser

Screenwriters: Sam Hensley Jr., Randy Ser

Producers: Sam Hensley Jr., Randy Ser, Mike Gabrawy

Executive producer: Randy Holleschau

Director of photography: Jim Orr

Production designer: Erik Olson

Editor: Kimberly Rettberg

Costume designer: Emma Trenchard

Music: David Bergeaud

Casting: Elisabeth Jereski



Beth Sabistan: Kellie Martin

Faran Crenshaw: Kayren Ann Butler

Missy Rampley: Amy Raymond

Jane Sabistan: Janet Carroll

Earl Sabistan: Robert Pine

Nana Sabistan: Gloria Le Roy

Chuck Starnes: Sean Patrick Murphy

Roger Crenshaw: Chris Shea

Running time -- 98 minutes

No MPAA rating


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