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Used People (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 January 1993 (USA)
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At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley MacLaine), Jewish mother of two divorced and antagonistic daughters, meets an old Italian friend (Marcello Mastroianni) of her husband, whose advice years previously had stopped the husband leaving home. For 23 years he, now a widower, has secretly loved Pearl... Written by <james.foulkes@ci.educ.lu>

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A story about love, family and other embarrassments.

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Rated PG-13 for elements of sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,957,265 (USA)
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Shirley Maclaine's character Pearl is based on writer Todd Graff's own grandmother. See more »

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During the scene where people are up on their rooftops as they watch TV and see the first manned landing on the moon, the moon is shown above as a full moon. In actuality, the moon was still in its first quarter and looked like a crescent slightly less than a half-moon. See more »

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Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

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It's packed, it's fast-moving, it's funny, it's wonderfully acted - above all, it's human.
24 January 1999 | by (Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

If you like the "Moonstruck" kind of film - a many-layered, multi-charactered tumble of the comic and the tragic (with plenty of shouting and raging) romping to a happy ending - you'll love this. It's packed, it's fast-moving, it's funny, it's wonderfully acted - above all, it's human. The elderly, gentle Mastroianni still charms and delights, though it's a pity they challenged his English with so many difficult lines. As a counterbalance, Shirley Maclean is a Fury again (cf. "Steel Magnolias"), to be smoothed and softened only by the friction with daughter Bibby (Kathy Bates) and the dedication of her new suitor. True, the story has its creaks and groans - what better to road to a woman's heart than to save her grandson from certain death? - but exuberance carries the day, we are swept along and are happy to rejoice with the rest of the cast in the Grand Finale. Of course, if you didn't like "Moonstruck" . . .


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