A 1920s flapper who haunts her old house possesses a dull housewife who just moved in. Hilarity ensues.

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When Nick and Jan move into their new apartment in San Francisco, the batty landlady upstairs tells them about a girl who used to live there in the 20's: a brash young party girl named Maxie, who died in a car crash the morning before her big audition for a Hollywood studio. The trouble is, Maxie, or rather her ghost, hasn't left the house. Worse, she can take over Jan's body. And the only way she's going to leave is if she gets that audition. Written by Kathy Li

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The silent film clip of the young Maxie was actually a clip of Carole Lombard future wife of Clark Gable. See more »

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In his classic car, Nick makes a hand signal for a left-turn. He then promptly turns right to get in front of his apartment and pull into the garage. See more »

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Jan: Creepy! Our landlord talks to spirits.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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not Maxie-mum quality, but passable
1 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In another spin on "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", Glenn Close plays Jan, woman who gets comically possessed by the ghost of Maxie, a 1920s flapper who got killed just as she was about to star in a movie. Sure enough, Jan goes back and forth between herself and Maxie at the most inconvenient times, and Maxie still wants to debut in a movie.

Yeah, how many movies can there be like this? But "Maxie" isn't all that bad. True, it's not a masterpiece by any stretch, but the pace keeps it from getting boring. It shows that Close can do silly comedy when she tries. Mandy Patinkin, as Jan's husband, seems even more fit for his role. Nothing special, but OK. Also starring Ruth Gordon.


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