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Used People (1992)

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At her husband's funeral, Pearl (Shirley Maclean), 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 Maclean), 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 December 1992 (USA)  »

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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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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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