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Bobbi Bocha, a cynical private eye who says all men cheat, narrates a story that opens in Houston with a blond purposely running over a man multiple times with her car and then cradling his head as he dies. Flash back six months to the too-exuberantly happy Harris family - Clara and David are orthodontists with a thriving practice, a big house, twin boys who love Dr. Seuss, and David's teen daughter Amy, home from college. David hires Lisa, a klutzy, teary, recently-divorced woman, as a receptionist, and an affair quickly blossoms. Clara hires Bocha. Meanwhile, Bocha pushes her own daughter, who's about to get married, to see the downside. An elephant's faithful. Written by
This movie is a cartoon. If you're not from a large Texas city, what I am critiquing may go right over your head. But if you have any knowledge of Texas cities like Houston or Dallas, you know that they are not that different from any other city in the US with over four million people. This movie is laughable at best and cringe inducing at worst. Or should I say, "Ah thank this movee iz hahrd ta wahtch. Yee-hah!"
The Texas accents are hideously overwrought. Houstonians tend to have accents much more subtle than represented in Suburban Madness (see Terms of Endearment for a better treatment). In this movie it's not unlike watching a business executive in a movie that's set in Los Angeles talking like a surfer dude or if the cast of Friends all talked like mafioso, and this is presented as an accurate representation of the average person in these cities.
The filmmakers also couldn't help themselves and had to throw in a businessman in a suit, bolo tie, and cowboy boots. I'm sure there are businessmen in Houston who do dress like this and I'm sure they are _both_ seen as a bit eccentric.
Not that some people in Houston don't dress in cowboy boots and hats, it's just that they don't dress like that at work. We have a specific day for that, called "Go Texan" day. Still, almost no one ever dresses up for it.
There's a scene where Clara Harris and her husband are in an upscale bar where everyone is dressed in suits and dresses and the bar is playing country music? I don't want to say the director is stupid... but I can't find another way to end this sentence.
Not that there are not bars in Houston that play country music, there are many, probably more than most US cities, but those bars are called "country and western" bars. And people there do not wear suits and dresses and drink martinis.
What's so bad about it all is that this movie doesn't even call for these kind of exaggerated stereotypes. Something like the Pom-Pom Mom Murder Plot here in Houston years ago (which had a few TV movies made about it) was begging for it. But the hook of this story (rich wife runs over rich husband three times for cheating) has nothing to do with the Texas-stereotype except that it happened in Texas.
This is just very, very lazy film-making. Robert Dornhelm, Kimberlee Reed, Dave Mace, Neil Meron, Helen Verno, Mark Winemaker, and Craig Zadan all must be the Golgafrinchian of Hollywood.
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