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Stella and Victor meet in Europe, fall deeply in love, and marry soon thereafter. Then they sail back to the States to meet Victor's family, and the honeymoon is over: Victor's family, dominated by his manipulative mother, find Stella -- a free spirit -- pretentious and aloof. Their marriage starts to fall apart when Victor begins siding with his family instead of his wife. Written by
Chris Stone <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Determined Copy Editor
[Victor has left the house against his mother's wishes]
Victor! Come back here!
Don't bother to faint, Mom, he can't see you.
[suddenly alert, and very irritated]
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The film begins with Robert Montgomery and Helen Hayes returning from a honeymoon following a whirlwind courtship and marriage. She is about to meet his family for the first time and she seems to have a sort of foreboding that things will not go well with them. This, to me, is poor writing--while I liked the film, how could Hayes have known this considering she never met the people?!. And, that's what happens--his family is very close but also rather catty and critical of newcomers while smothering of Montgomery--and Montgomery sees none of this. They are not especially welcoming of Hayes and nitpick her. All of this is led by Montgomery's mother--the matriarch and manipulating force in the family. At the same time, Helen's new nephew (John Beal) is unlike the rest of the family. Far from it--instead of being against her like the rest, he's obviously smitten with her. What will become of all this and how can this new marriage take all these external attacks--especially when the husband is clueless and self-absorbed?
I noticed that most of the reviewers really liked this film--and a few loved it. Well, I hate to be the odd man out, but I just didn't see what they saw in "Another Language". I felt that in addition to telegraphing the major conflict in the film it also suffered from several overwrought performances and a difficult to believe ending. It also, at times, was VERY talky. My feeling is that the plot idea's pretty good but that's all. I really think it would have benefited from allowing the problems to occur without forcing them---and this film felt rather contrived.
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