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Lara Flynn Boyle,
Vivian's family are penniless nomads, moving from one cheap flat to another in Beverly Hills so she and her brothers can attend the city's schools. Uncle Mickey sends them money to survive. When Mickey's daughter Rita runs away from an asylum, Vivian's dad offers shelter to her if Mickey will pay for a plush flat. Vivian must babysit her adult cousin, making sure she gets to nursing school and avoids pills and booze. But Vivian has her own problems: she's curious about sex, likes an older neighbor kid, has inherited her mother's ample breasts, and wants a family that doesn't embarrass her. Can she help Rita, keep Uncle Mickey happy, and feel OK about her body and her family? Written by
During filming, natasha lyonne was in a car accident on her way to the studio. She apparently hit the steering wheel so hard that she now has a noticeable scar on her chest. Production was shut for a few days before they shot the famous "vibrator scene" where she wears her nightgown pulled up to her neck to disguise the imprint of the steering wheel. See more »
In Vivian's two nude scenes, her breasts are obviously (different) body doubles. The breasts of the doubles differ greatly from each other, in terms of size and shape. Also, her face is never shown during these scenes. See more »
Before the Next Teardrop
Performed by Freddy Fender
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
Written by Ben Peters, Vivian Keith
Published by Shelby Singleton Music, Inc. (BMI) See more »
With this film, writer-director Tamara Jenkins joins a growing list of women writers and/or directors who are making films about women which avoid the sentimental claptrap of Hollywood "women's films." Recent examples include I LIKE IT LIKE THAT and WALKING AND TALKING, which are funny and honest without falling into the STEEL MAGNOLIAS trap. The humor is a bit broader than in the above movies listed, but it's still funny (especially the scene with the vibrator), and although Jenkins doesn't always have a handle on the plot, there's a lot of honesty about lower-class people who just want a regular life.
Natasha Lyonne proves her performance in EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU was no fluke in the main role of Vivian, whose confusion mirrors her family's. Alan Arkin is nicely reined in as her dad, and his scene with Carl Reiner(playing his brother) is just wonderful. Though Marisa Tomei was good in a small role in WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, this is her first really good performance since 1993's UNTAMED HEART, showing not only the flakiness that gets her into trouble, but also the uninhibited nature, vulnerability, and strength that make Vivian look up to her and Arkin able to talk to her (and more, in a misguided scene). Highly recommended.
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