Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her ... See full summary »
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The distressed emotions that Arvilla Holden are feeling upon the death of her husband Joe Holden are compounded by dealing with Joe's adult daughter, Francine Packer. Joe and Arvilla were lovingly married for twenty years, and although they lived in Pocatello, Idaho - Arvilla's home town - they traveled the world on one adventure after another. Joe was from Santa Barbara, California, where Francine and the extended Holden family still live. Arvilla is certain that Joe wrote a new will after they got married, but since that will is nowhere to be found, the official will is the one that Francine has in her possession, which outlines certain things that Arvilla knows Joe would not now have wanted. That will states that Joe's embalmed body is to be interned with Francine's mother in Santa Barbara, despite Joe already having been cremated. Arvilla knows that Joe would have wanted his ashes scattered into the wind. The will also deeds the house in which Arvilla and Joe lived their entire ... Written by
The car used in this film was a 1966 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible, of which about 11,000 were produced. The standard model came with a 389 cubic inch (6.4 liter) engine with 2-barrel carburetor that produced about 325 horsepower. It was also available with an optional 421 cubic inch (6.9 L) engine with 4-barrel carb or GM's "Tri-Power" carb. Turbo-Hydramatic 3 speed transmission was standard, manual optional. The front seat in the movie car was a standard split-back bench seat, but bucket front seats were also available. The dark copper-red exterior of movie car was not an authentic color offered by Pontiac-General Motors in 1966. Original available colors included Black, White, Milano Maroon, Nocturne Blue, Martinique Bronze (aka Martinique Gold), and a creamy shade of Yellow. The interior of the movie car appears original (judging by the door panels) and is white/ivory. Other available interior colors included Black, Nocturne Blue, and Martinique Bronze. The rear-view mirror had been removed from all of the movie cars, probably to prevent the chrome mirror housing from casting a reflection of the film crew. The opaque black steering wheel appeared to be an aftermarket replacement, as the originals were transparent acrylic, tinted to match the interior color, overlaid on a chrome circular rod. See more »
During the filling station scene, as Joan Allen walks towards the car the shadow of the boom mic runs across her face. See more »
[Arvilla washing dishes]
When Ralph died I washed dishes non-stop for weeks. Eased the pain. Ruined my hands.
I don't know what I would have done without you.
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Greetings again from the darkness. I really don't ask much from a chick flick, but this one delivers NOTHING. The story is based on the writer's (Daniel D Davis, his first screenplay) personal life, which really makes it that much more irritating. Bluntly, this is a BORING and PREDICTABLE story that can't be saved by the terrific cast.
Jessica Lange's husband dies and she battles the nasty step-daughter (Christin Baranski) for the man's ashes and their house. Lange's two friends, wise-cracking Kathy Bates and pent-up Joan Allen, come to her emotional rescue. A road trip in a beautiful Bonneville convertible ensues. Here lies the film's only mystery. How does one create a boring story with a road trip to Bryce Canyon, Las Vegas, Lake Powell, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Baja? Yes, there are some beautiful shots of spectacular scenery and the three leads do have a certain connection, but you will know exactly what is going to happen 6 minutes into the film. Pull out your checklist so you can keep score as each of those things occur.
If I sound angry, it's because I am. We constantly hear about the paucity of quality female roles in Hollywood. This one should have had THREE! Instead, give this outline to any 9th grader and they will come up with a more interesting story (or maybe the exact same one).
Tom Skerritt gives another of his patented charming older man performances and we get a quick scene with Tom Wopat ("Dukes of Hazzard") as Joan Allen's husband. It was nice to see Vicor Rasuk ("Victor Vargas") in a couple of scenes ... but even those were choppy and poorly written.
Just to clarify, this movie is not worth seeing and I can only hope that women 50+ who are starved for films about "them" will not be tricked into wasting their money just because it features three talented actresses. Instead, rent "Steel Magnolias", "Fried Green Tomatoes" or "In Her Shoes" ... all monumentally better than "Bonneville" (the film,not the car!!).
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