Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry (the best friend of her late husband who died seven years previously).
Straight-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.
Grace Bichon, who is managing her father's riding-stable, discovers that her husband Eddie deceives her with another woman. After confronting him in the middle of the night on the streets of their small home town, she decides to stay at her sister Emma Rae's house for a while, to make up her mind. Breaking out of her everyday life, she starts to question the authority of everyone, especially her father's, thus causing a stir in her parent's marriage, too. Written by
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In a decade of misfires (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, I LOVE TROUBLE, MARY REILLY), Julia Roberts did, in fact, make a few genuinely enjoyable films, and SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT is one of the best. A story of infidelity and empowerment among the 'horse set', Roberts plays the 'cheated-on' wife of Dennis Quaid with just the right mix of anguish, anger, and bewilderment. Making matters worse is a father (Robert Duvall, who is superb) more concerned about the Championships than his daughter's crisis, a mother (Gena Rowlands) who tells her to 'keep quiet' and things will work out, a daughter (Haley Aull) who can't understand why her father isn't living with them, and Roberts own realization that her husband's infidelity was not a 'one-night stand', but had included affairs with her best friend, and possibly others, as well (producing the film's funniest scene, as Roberts faces her Women's Club, and asks, bluntly, if anyone ELSE had slept with her husband, and reveals some of the other members' indiscretions to "get the ball rolling").
Worth noting is a terrific performance by Kyra Sedgwick, as Roberts' older sister, Emma Rae. Besides looking enough like Roberts to actually BE her sister, Sedgwick has some of the film's best lines, as well as a willingness to respond to her sister's cheating husband decisively (when Quaid comes to visit, she kicks him hard in the groin, and as he doubles up in pain, admits, "Well, I feel better...")
The third American film directed by Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström (MY LIFE AS A DOG), SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT is, truthfully, a bit slowly-paced, but in 'taking it's time', you get to know the characters, and appreciate their growth. Dreams are fulfilled, understandings reached, and the large cast is well-served with wonderful scripted moments. While the film lacks the melodramatic qualities of FAR FROM HEAVEN or UNFAITHFUL, this tale of infidelity 'feels' far more honest, and human.
Julia Roberts picked a winner!
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