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Portrait of a White Marriage (1988)

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A famous talk show host moves to a small town in Ohio with the intention of giving a new start to his current erratic career. While the town's residents are only concerned in taking advantage of his celebrity status, he begins an affair of chaotic proportions with a local married woman. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Starts off funny, but becomes a bore
1 August 2002 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Maybe I expected too much? I thought that direction by Harry Shearer, writing by Martin Mull and acting by those two plus Fred Willard would add up to something pretty good. I was wrong.

The premise is ok, and the beginning of the movie is pretty strong and well paced. Eventually, it collapses under its own weight.

The story, in a nutshell, is a daytime talk show is moved from a large city to the small town where Fred Willard and Mary Kay Place's characters live. At the same time, the town-folk try to take advantage of having a "celebrity" in their midst. That's the backdrop. The major plot points are the falling out of the marriage between Willard and Place's characters. Willard gets "help" from the clergyman's therapist wife; Place finds solace in the arms of Mull. Smalltown rumors abound.

Not something I'd recommend, unless you'll sit through anything with Mull, Willard or Place in it.

My rating: 4


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