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Used People (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 January 1993 (USA)
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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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In the beginning of the film, after it has jumped to 1969, the glimpse of the Manhattan skyline shows the skyline as it looked in 1993 (the Citicorp building built in 1978 is shown), and not as it would in 1969. See more »

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

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Performed by Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
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"Moonstruck" wanna-be
16 December 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Curiously cast, indifferently-made character-comedy never quite gets off the ground. There are some colorful and funny moments in "Used People", but it doesn't sparkle, it doesn't have any magic, it's just ordinary--and that's a shame. Shirley MacLaine is a widowed Jewish matriarch who falls in love again, much to the distress of her dysfunctional, now-grown children. I don't know about most viewers, but I had trouble accepting Kathy Bates as MacLaine's daughter (likewise Jessica Tandy as MacLaine's mother). It doesn't ring true, and the direction is askew and uneven throughout, yet there's a lot of sterling talent on display here and some of the dialogue is very funny. ** from ****


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