|RICH IN LOVE (director: Bruce Beresford; screenwriters: Alfred Uhry/based on the novel by Josephine Humphreys; cinematographer: Peter James; editor: Mark Warner; music: Georges Delerue; cast: Albert Finney (Warren Odom), Jill Clayburgh (Helen Odom), Kathryn Erbe (Lucille Odom), Kyle MacLachlan (Billy McQueen), Piper Laurie (Vera Delmage), Ethan Hawke (Wayne Frobiness), Suzy Amis (Rae Odom) Alfre Woodard (Rhody Poole); Runtime: 105; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Richard D. Zanuck/Lili Fini Zanuck; MGM; 1992)|
|"It only impresses with its fine
ear for colorful Southern dialogue and for
Erbe's energetic performance."
by Dennis Schwartz
Muddled and predictable coming-of-age domestic
melodrama, directed as if a TV soap by Bruce
Beresford ("Breaker Morant"/"Black
Robe"/"Last Dance"). It's efforts at a character study
fall short because the characters are undeveloped.
Writer Alfred Uhry bases it on the novel
by Josephine Humphreys, without unearthing
much about dealing with family problems. The pic
reunites director Beresford and writer
Alfred Uhry from their hit of Driving
mom (Jill Clayburgh) suddenly
leaves her Charleston, South Carolina
home, the family's prissy 17-year-old daughter (Kathryn
Erbe) tries to keep the family together
as her recently retired aimless father (Albert
Finney) starts to crack-up and her pregnant
neurotic older sister (Suzy Amis)
arrives with her flirty new Yankee husband (Kyle
It only impresses with its fine ear for colorful Southern dialogue and for Erbe's energetic performance.
REVIEWED ON 9/12/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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