Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1993. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rastar Pictures. Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play. Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen, A. Troy Thomas. Produced by Ray Stark. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by David Chapman. Costume Design by Shelley Komarov. Film Editing by Steven Cohen.
Excellent adaptation of Neil Simon’s wonderful play. It’s the 1940s, and two boys are sent to live with family members during a summer when their parents are away. Irene Worth is brilliant as the crabby grandmother who is responsible for them, while Mercedes Ruehl steals the show as their kooky aunt who entertains them. Getting to know this oddball member of the family, the boys start to wonder if she’s as crazy as everyone says or if she maybe just needs a little love. The guy they really love is their shady uncle (Richard Dreyfuss), a hood who never manages to show up without guys holding tommy guns just a few feet behind him. If you loved Ruehl’s Academy Award-winning performance in The Fisher King, you won’t want to miss her equally compelling role in this marvelous heartwarming film.