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Evening Star [Import]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Picking up the story thread left by 1983's Terms of Endearment, this overwrought sequel is made palatable by Shirley MacLaine's charismatic performance, which in turn is nearly equaled by Marion Ross's role as her housekeeper. An unexpected surprise, Ross obviously was never allowed to display her range as Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. Returning as the vibrant Aurora Greenway, MacLaine far outshines the thin material involving the tangled and unhappy lives of her three grandchildren. The plot picks up 13 years after the death of Greenway's daughter (played by Debra Winger in the original). One of the kids is in jail; one is living in poverty. Her granddaughter, played with prickly rebelliousness by Juliette Lewis, is heading for all sorts of trouble. The plot, told in disconnected and maudlin episodic segments, often borders on the absurd. The characters screech and weep, one of them dies, then we watch others screech and weep some more. So why bother? Because it is occasionally quite witty, and MacLaine indeed shines as brightly as the evening star to which she is compared. Both movies were based on novels by Larry McMurtry. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Star Shines Bright Jan. 28 2003
THE EVENING STAR is the sequel to the highly popular 1983 film TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. The kids are grown up. The eldest son in jail, the youngest son in a dead end job and fathering an illegitemate son with his girlfriend, and a hell bent daughter. Aurora has to deal with all of this, but her friends such as her maid Rosie, help her out. Rosie decides that Aurora is depressed, and tricks her into seeing a psychiatrist, who Aurora eventually falls for. Then there is Patsy, always integrating herself into Aurora's life, being jealous of her taking care of the kids when they were growing up. This feud is well played throughout the movie, with Patsy trying to upstage Aurora at every chance, and vice versa. They both fall for the same man, who is much younger than Aurora, which only causes more friction in their already tumultuous friendship. Life changes though when her grandson gets out of jail and decides to make a life for himself, and Aurora's granddaughter learns to chase her dreams after life's disapointments. The movie centers around these characters and their interpersonal relationships with each other, dealing with conflicts, death, and whatever card fate hands them. Shirley MacLaine shines once again as Aurora Greenway, and the cast is enriched by Juliette Lewis, Bill Paxton, Marion Ross, Miranda Richardson, and more. Overall, some reviewers don't like it as much as TERMS, but I think this improves on an already great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming, delightful, and humorous in parts Jan. 20 2006
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I have seen "The Evening Star" and I highly recommend it to anyone, who is dealing with everyday problems because it makes you re-examine your life.
"The Evening Star" is about a grandmother, who has raised her grandchildren because their mother passes away due to cancer (see "Terms of Endearment" before seeing "The Evening Star" since "The Evening Star" is a sequel and makes more sense if you see "Terms of Endearment" first).
Back to the film, Shirley MacLaine realizes that no matter how hard she tries to help her grandchildren make the right decisions, realizes that they will not listen. Of course, she's upset because her grandchildren; despite, a good and privileged upbringing refuse to listen to sound advice, do their own thing and realize that their grandmother might be right about life, after all!
It's a heart-warming story and you'll cry at the end!
*(I highly recommend it to anyone that is older--unsuitable for younger children due to the death factor and other adult themes.)*
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terms of En-bore-ment May 31 2002
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT had a unique sort of success. With a storyline usually limited to Lifetime Television or the Monday Night Disease of the Week, it rose above that through it's consistent use of great comic dialogue care of writer director James L Brooks (BROADCAST NEWS, AS GOOD AS IT GETS). Now we are given a sequel directed by former screenwriter Robert Harling. Without a sense of comedy, this installment is extremely maudlin. Disease of the Week, here we come.
Aurora Greenway (Shirley Maclaine working hard to recapture her vibrant performance) is now struggling with the children of her deceased daughter. One is stuck in poverty, one in prison and the youngest is a rebellious young adult. Although they are most of the story, there is nothing unique or even believable about their plights. One of the weakest and least enrolling characters from TERMS OF ENDEARMENT was Debra Winger's best friend who is now an important character, even though she is still not enrolling or interesting. Like Terms of Endearment, this story revolves around a death, this time of Aurora's maid portrayed by Marion Ross. Even with her strong performance, the loss never deserves much notice. A tear will not be shed. The last portion of the film involves a questionable sexual relationship with a young therapist, played awkwardly by Bill Paxton.
In the last portion of the film, the screen sees brief sunlight when Jack Nicholson comfortably revives his character from the prequel. His superstar quality is effervescent but he quickly retreats from the film.
The DVD includes a nice widescreen transfer and the pleasant musical score nicely supports the pacing. The DVD also includes a running commentary by the director but the film doesn't seem to warrant it. Like its superior predecessor, this was based on a Larry McMurtry's novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WITTY AND EMOTIONAL Feb. 7 2004
I really took a while to get into the film, but Shirley MacLaine's part made it for me. Her honest approach to all she met, couldn't help win her votes. She was a grandmother keeping her family together as best she could, yet when it all fell apart she still left the door of approach open for them all. You can relate to many in the film, if you are young and impetuous or older and denying your age or honestly facing it. A good film in my opinion.
A BIG REQUEST ......... my video cut out at the moment when Shirley is being driven in the back of "Bill Paxton's" (Jack Nicholson) car casting Rosie's ashes to the wind along the beach.
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