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Woman Wanted (1999)

A new woman comes between a widower and his adult son.

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Monica
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Gracie
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Peg
Sean McCann ...
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Jackie Richardson ...
Lydia
Jordan Zalis ...
Raymond (at 13)
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Michael
Jonathan Barrett ...
Daniel
Joanna McClelland Glass ...
Ariadne (as Joanna Glass)
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Marion
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Betsy (as Valerie Wynne)
Mauralea Austin ...
Maggie
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Story of a woman (Hunter) who comes to work as a housekeeper for a widower (Moriarty) and his grown son (Sutherland) and of their attachment to her to the point that she is asked by the father to marry... to the dismay of the son who also loves her. But the animosity of the two men toward each other is finally resolved when she becomes intentionally pregnant, possibly by one or the other as she goes to bed with both men within a matter of days, causing neither to win her for himself, but both to become bound together because of the child. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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14 August 1999 (USA)  »

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Last film to use the Alan Smithee credit as a directorial credit before the pseudonym was discontinued the following year. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Goddard: [answering the phone] Hello.
Emma Riley: Hello. I'm calling from Boston about your ad in The Globe.
Richard Goddard: Oh, yes.
Emma Riley: It says woman wanted, live in. Why are you advertising in Boston when you live in New Haven?
Richard Goddard: Actually I grew up with an Irish nanny. She was kind and generous and pleasant to be with.
Emma Riley: Are you married?
Richard Goddard: I'm widowed. I have a son in his twenties who's uh... he's going through some difficulties. He lives at home, and we need someone to help put our house in order.
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Everything I Have Is Yours
Written by Burton Lane and Harold Adamson
Performed by Billy Eckstine
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing
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Something is still wanting
9 April 2002 | by (Pacific Palisades, CA) – See all my reviews

Holly Hunter is skilful and charming as always, and Kiefer Sutherland is better than usual. Michael Moriarty is sufficiently different from his "Law and Order" role (the only thing from which I really know him) that I can see he's a capable actor, not just a TV character. But everyone's performance is perhaps a bit too unmodulated, with too constant a tone from start to finish. I also had trouble believing the sudden romance than blooms between Moriarty and Hunter. And the Billy Eckstine version of "Everything I Have Is Yours" that plays over the closing credits is such a clash with the flavor of the rest of the movie.

I found the ending a bit disturbing, though. I'm not giving anything away that's not already in the IMDB plot summary, but I couldn't help wondering how this odd family would make out, with a newborn that could belong either to Moriarty or Sutherland. Will they teach the child that Sutherland is the father and Moriarty as the grandfather, or that Sutherland is the half-brother and Moriarty is the father? Perhaps not a stressful as "my sister AND my daughter," but awkward nonetheless. Sounds not like the end of the story but the beginning of another one.


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