Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to ... See full summary »
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
Character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she finds that, for the first time in her life, she has ... See full summary »
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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
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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