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Something to Talk About (1995)

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A woman's world is rocked when she discovers her husband is cheating on her.

Director:

Lasse Hallström (as Lasse Hallstrom)

Writer:

Callie Khouri
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Grace King Bichon
Dennis Quaid ... Eddie Bichon
Robert Duvall ... Wyly King
Gena Rowlands ... Georgia King
Kyra Sedgwick ... Emma Rae King
Brett Cullen ... Jamie Johnson
Haley Aull Haley Aull ... Caroline 'Doodlebug' Bichon
Muse Watson ... Hank Corrigan
Anne Shropshire Anne Shropshire ... Aunt Rae
Ginnie Randall Ginnie Randall ... Eula
Terrence Currier ... Dr. Frank Lewis (as Terrence P. Currier)
Rebecca Koon ... Barbaranelle
Rhoda Griffis ... Edna
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Kitty (as Lisa Roberts)
Deborah Hobart Deborah Hobart ... Lorene Tuttle
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Storyline

Grace Bichon, who is managing her father's riding-stable, discovers that her husband Eddie deceives her with another woman. After confronting him in the middle of the night on the streets of their small home town, she decides to stay at her sister Emma Rae's house for a while, to make up her mind. Breaking out of her everyday life, she starts to question the authority of everyone, especially her father's, thus causing a stir in her parent's marriage, too. Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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A story about husbands, wives, parents, children and other natural disasters.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Game of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$50,892,160
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was supposed to be called "Grace Under Fire", but that was rejected because of Grace Under Fire (1993). So the movie was eventually named after the song "Something To Talk About", popularized by Bonnie Raitt. The version in the movie is sung by Therese Willis. The song was composed by Shirley Eikhard. See more »

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When Caroline is getting ready to ride Possum at an event, Dennis Quaid wishes her luck and calls her "Ladybug." Her nickname through the entire movie is "Doodlebug." See more »

Quotes

Eddie Bichon: Grace, I work for my father and so do you! I mean look at us! We both became what we swore we never would!
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Two in a Million
By Tim Mensy and Gary Harrison
Produced by Barry Beckett and Tony Brown
Performed by Bobby Cryner
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Mediocre movie from Lasse Hallström, not on the level we use to watch from him
10 July 2008 | by johnny-08See all my reviews

When it comes to directors like Lasse Hallström, I always expect maximum, best, masterpiece. After movies that he made back in Finland and brilliant "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" I think that my expectations were justified. Sadly, this movie came just behind Gilbert so I can live with one mediocre movie after a huge success with Gilbert and then later movie like "The Cider House Rules", "Chocolat"...

Hallström likes to make family movies, where he can expose the whole family with all their pluses and minuses. In this case, story was written by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), typical 'women are always good' writer. In the middle of the story we've got Grace Bichon (Julia Roberts), who founds out that her husband Eddie (Dennis Quaid) is unfaithful. With her daughter, she decides to come back home at ranch. There she must face her traditional father Wyly (Robert Duvall) and mother Georgia (Gena Rowlands), who seems to be doing whatever Wyly wants. The only person who fully understands her is her sister Emma Rae (Kyra Sedgwick).

I disagree that there is nothing to talk about in this movie. Yes, this movie has some obvious problems: the script is not brilliant which is mostly seen in situations that we've all seen before and characters like Eddie, Wyly and Georgia are written on a way that there is nothing for actors to act. But all Hallström characters are alive (you can identify with them) and about family problems that are presented in this movie there is plenty to talk about. For example, what strong woman like Grace does when she's cheated, how to explain her young daughter that her dad isn't living with them any more; the whole relationship of Bichon's after infidelity. On the other hand, we've got relationship between two sisters, between Wyly and Georgia King and so on. So we've got plenty stuff to talk about only if you think about it for a while. What this script lacks is quality writing of male characters. Duvall's and Quaid's characters are simply not developed enough.

About acting part, I must admit that Julia Roberts is very good in this role, just like Kyra Sedgwick and Brett Cullen (his character is the only male character that is made right). Duvall, Rowlands & Quaid have nothing to act, like I said before. But I read one comment that says that Duvall shouldn't act in any movie. That is what made me angry so I had to write it. Man is a screen and stage legend!

So to end, if you can watch this family drama about marriage, infidelity and love. It's not the best choice coming from Hallström but it's a bearable one.


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