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Something to Talk About (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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JULIA ROBERTS STARS AS A WRONGED WIFE WHOSE REACTION TO HUSBAND DENNIS QUAID'S INFIDELITY SENDS HER FAMILY AND SOCIAL CIRCLESPINNING. SPECIAL FEATURES: THEATRICAL TRAILER, AND ALL-NEW DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 REMIX. SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rent or buy this one. YOu won't be disappointed!
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.
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.
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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Although Quaid AND Roberts deliver good performances... this movie just plods along and is never clear. We never have a CLEAR reason for her to return to her husband. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Alicia Walker
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