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Something to Talk About (Widescreen/Full Screen)

Julia Roberts , Dennis Quaid , Lasse Hallström    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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This well-intentioned but strangely cold tale concerns an emotionally repressed Southern belle (Julia Roberts) who separates from her husband (Dennis Quaid) after discovering he is an unabashed philanderer. Pressed by her dominating father (Robert Duvall) into reconciling with her spouse, Roberts's character chafes against so much male control over her destiny. Defended by a fiercely independent sister (a catchy performance by Kyra Sedgwick), the heroine develops the nerve to plot her own course in life while her mother (Gena Rowlands) finds the gumption to throw her own mate out of the house. The script by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) is intelligent but hardly clear, and direction by Lasse Hallström (Once Around) can't keep Khouri's unfocused scenes and uncertain purpose from dissolving like sand castles in the rain. --Tom Keogh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 10-12 I watch repeatedly. . . Jan. 28 2004
As a 30-something chick, I have a few romantic comedies and dramas that I have watched so many times I can repeat them line for line. I put them on, if for nothing else, for the background noise. This movie is one of them. The title of the movie says it all; Julia Roberts (Grace) gives the entire town something to talk about when she finds out about her husband's cheating ways. The movie is funny and poignant at the same time, making the viewer re-visit some decisions they made in their lives that got them where they are today. Kyra Sedgwick is absolutely fabulous (much better than in "Singles") and Gena Rowlands is wonderful, as well. Pair that with a great subplot about horse competitions and coming to grip with aging, you've got a great movie that was completely underrated by most critics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Nov. 9 2001
I enjoyed the movie, because it was very entertaining. I also found it interesting because the issues that were addressed are so real for so many women. So many of us make bad decisions due to family interference and pressure. Even without interference, we cannot predict how a marriage is going to sour in the future. Julia Roberts' character has nothing to be embarassed about. Her husband is the one who should be embarassed. The "friends" who covered up the affair should also be embarassed. Besides, a woman does not need to catch her husband red handed to know that an affair is going on. She may know even before the husband does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie Dec 13 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The movie arrived on time and was in great shape. Bought it for a very good price. Very pleased with Amazon and it's services!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT MOVIE! Dec 24 2001
This is one hilarious movie. I have watched it I know 20 times. I love the actors in this movie. They all put on a stellar performance. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the racial sterotype of the maid in the movie. They could have left that character out, especially since the woman NEVER utters a word. Robert Duvall is classic! He nearly steals the show from Julia and Dennis who also give stellar performances.
Rent or buy this one. YOu won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I ADORE this movie Oct. 11 2002
There isn't anything in this that was earth shattering or incredible performances. It was just a good Sunday Afternoon flick, I own this one and forgot how much I enjoyed it until my Daughter and I pulled it off the shelf.
Julia Roberts does a believable job as a woman who has found out that her husband has screwed around on her. What I liked most about this movie was allll of the secondary characters... Kyra was the PERFECT Older sister looking out for her younger one, Gena was Great as the Southern Belle Mama, the Aunt (don't know this woman's name)was HILARIOUS as the "little" crazy Aunt that would/could go there. You really have to pay attention to this movie there are so many innuendos and funny moments that I truly can recommend this one. The actress that played the daughter was wonderful and last but not least Dennis Quaid did quite a convincing job as a contrite husband (once he was caught).
If you want something along this plot line I would also suggest "Hope Floats" which also stars Gena Rowlands and has pretty much the same subject matter but not the same movie. Enjoy.
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It moves along, but it's a little light, a little bland. I suggest skipping it unless you really love Julia Roberts, horses or marriages that almost fail but don't. It's not worth seeing for Quaid or Duval. The younger Robert Duval is my favorite male actor (To Kill A Mocking Bird, The Great Santini, Apocalypse Now), but nowadays he seems to have lost his dramatic power. (And Dennis Quaid's hair seems to be auditioning for a role as a winter quilt.)
Robert Duval plays the owner of a ranch operation somewhere in the south, where he raises and trains show horses. Julia Roberts plays his daughter. She works for dad, managing the stables. Dennis Quaid plays her husband. Julia discovers that her husband has been cheating on her. In the course of being furious and ashamed, she discovers that he has slept with a number of women in town, all of whom she knows.
At the office, Julia discusses her problems over the phone with a friend but uses a speakerphone and is overheard. He husband has a consultation over lunch at a restaurant, with the meanest divorce lawyer in town. The whole town is talking. Dennis Quaid apologizes to Julia, very insincerely. Julia's friends convince her to put up with it, forgive and take him back. Spontaneously, in the end, without any catharsis or precipitation, husband and wife dance together to the song, "Let's Give Them Something To Talk About." This is what passes fro reconciliation. Presumably everyone lives happily ever after. It was all just too easy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much to speak of... Sept. 2 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A real disappointment. Great cast (Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid,Robert DuVall, Gena Rowlands, Kyra Sedgwick and a number of talented character actors); accomplished director (Lasse Hallstrom of "Cider House Rules," "Chocolat," and "My Life as a Dog" fame); noted screenwriter (Callie Khouri, who also penned "Themlma and Louise")--all of which makes you wonder, "What the heck went wrong!"
It must have looked good on paper, but this quasi-feminist tale of a woman, who catches her husband straying and then proceeds to make a public spectacle of herself (more than once)is just clumsy and ultimately unsatisfying. All the silliness is supposed to just be the stones in the path of Julia's personal growth. But really, after the debacle at the Ladies' Club, anyone but Julia Roberts would have been forced to leave town. If it were funny, that's be one thing, but it's really just awkward. A damn shame, considering all the talent involved.
If there were no such things as rentals, admirers of Julia Roberts or the rest of the cast--or of director Hallstrom--might have to actually buy this one, but while it may be worth a look-see, it's only a must buy for the most die-hard of fans.
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