5.8/10
145
14 user 4 critic

A Modern Affair (1995)

Trailer
2:05 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

"A Modern Affair" is a romantic comedy about the strain of contemporary relationships, one woman's urgent desire for parenthood, and a solution to it all. Grace Rhodes is the perfect ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

On a mission to save his family's fireworks business, a man becomes distracted after he falls in love.

Director: George Zaloom
Stars: Stanley Tucci, Bridget Fonda, Giancarlo Giannini
A Village Affair (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alice has married the rich but boring Martin. When they move to a small village Martin starts flirting with Clodagh, but she is more interested in his wife Alice.

Director: Moira Armstrong
Stars: Sophie Ward, Kerry Fox, Nathaniel Parker
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A married couple hold their boss hostage in their apartment and force him to watch their sex escapades to rejuvenate their failing marriage.

Director: Karl Slovin
Stars: Stanley Tucci, Kari Wuhrer, Ron Eldard
The Alarmist (1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss... See full summary »

Director: Evan Dunsky
Stars: David Arquette, Stanley Tucci, Kate Capshaw
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Mythology and religious dogma are slowly revealed when an attractive young woman is approached by a modeling agency that pulls her into an underworld of priests that are not Christian but ... See full summary »

Director: William Bindley
Stars: Christopher McDonald, Rachael Leigh Cook, Stanley Tucci
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and in not getting involved... until this time.

Director: Howard Franklin
Stars: Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Richard Riehle
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nothing - not her father, not the church - can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love, Sara. Based on a true story, Viola di mare, presents a ... See full summary »

Director: Donatella Maiorca
Stars: Valeria Solarino, Isabella Ragonese, Ennio Fantastichini
Drama | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A hitman heeds a spiritualist's prophesies that he will rise to the head of his family. He starts his ascension by clandestinely executing the heads of the family and casting the blame on ... See full summary »

Director: William Reilly
Stars: John Turturro, Katherine Borowitz, Dennis Farina
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The interlocking lives and loves of six New Yorkers.

Director: Edward Burns
Stars: Edward Burns, Heather Graham, Penny Balfour
The Feud (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When Dolf Beeler enters Bud Bullard's hardware store with his cigar lit and ignores the no-smoking store policy, this small faux pas turns into an escalating fiery feud. However, not all members of the two families hate each other.

Director: Bill D'Elia
Stars: Scott Allegrucci, Rene Auberjonois, Ron McLarty
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Grace Rhodes
...
Peter Kessler
...
Elaine
Mary Jo Salerno ...
Lindsey
...
Ernest Pohlsab
...
Ed Rhodes
Robert LuPone ...
Ben
...
Ellen
...
Diane
...
Tony
...
Dr. Gresham
Len Stanger ...
Older Executive
Jon Huberth ...
Suit #1
...
Suit #2
Claywood Sempliner ...
Suit #3
Edit

Storyline

"A Modern Affair" is a romantic comedy about the strain of contemporary relationships, one woman's urgent desire for parenthood, and a solution to it all. Grace Rhodes is the perfect corporate executive -- bright, successful, attractive and with just professional touch. With her career in place, Grace feels she has everything she needs -- until she bumps into an ex-boyfriend bearing photos of his young kids. Feeling the irresistible urge to have a child, but not sure about waiting around for Mr. Right," Grace knows what she wants, but not how best to get it. Elaine, her wryly pragmatic best friend, suggests that Grace do the unthinkable and enlist the services of a sperm bank. After choosing a donor from the "DNA menu," Grace becomes pregnant and deeply curious about the identity of the donor #247. Enter Peter Kessler, a handsome photographer who divides his time between his craft, his casual affair with a married woman, and his "other job:" depositing specimens as a sperm donor to ... Written by Rama <tarafilms.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film | See All (1) »

Taglines:

They met, fell in love, and had a baby. (Not necessarily in that order.)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. #247  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In December of 2009, "A Modern Affair" was made Fancast's Movie of the Week. See more »

Soundtracks

Walls Can Tumble
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Sucker for Lisa Eichhorn, so...
23 May 2000 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a very strange and dark movie. Solely on the basis of Lisa Eichhorn's presence in it, I saw it (alone) in a New York theater the evening I read the newspaper review. In this sole N.Y. theater for its performance, on the night it opened, only one other person was in the theater at the 7:30 showing.

I have loved Lisa Eichhorn since I first saw her in Yanks. If she's in a play, I attend the play. If she's in a TV program, I watch the TV program. I've never been like this about another actor or actress. She has qualities that are apparently unappreciated because she has not become a big star.

Perhaps her most evident characteristic is a look of extraordinary intelligence and sensitivity. Although some other actresses share this (e.g., Mary Beth Hurt, Blair Brown, Lee Remick, Amy Irving, Meryl Streep), Eichhorn also has an other- worldly sort of presence. She is never really there - there are depths of feeling and perception and memory into which some random comment has thrust her. She is the most fascinating actress I've ever seen.

Although meant to be a sort of comedy, the movie is in fact quite sad and dark. Fortunately, Miss Eichhorn is wonderful at "sad and dark"! There is a short but very moving scene with Wesley Addy (playing her quite old father) in which his life-long contempt for his daughter's competence is made clear without too much being said.

The loneliness of a woman in a large city at the end of the century is what the movie is really about - and it makes one shiver. The niche of former times, places is gone - the preserving of jams and the quilting bee are gone, the organizing committee and the planned demonstrations are not for most, the spouse and hearth do not exist. What is left is an ageing woman, conscientious and longing for connection. It is Lisa Eichhorn's movie and she can be admired. (Although Mr. Tucci is fine, I think the character overreacts to the central turnign point in the movie and thus becamse unlikeable).

On a rainy day or evening, when your husband calls to say he'll be late, but your sister is visiting and the baby quietly sleeps, see this movie, and you'll be moved.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
An overall enjoyable film vern@tribepictures.com
Discuss A Modern Affair (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?