Hush (1998)

JONATHAN DARBY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5

USA, 1998.  TriStar Pictures.  Story by Jonathan Darby, Screenplay by Jonathan Darby, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

Unapologetically corny, this is a melodrama so ridiculous it is enjoyable for its own reasons.   is the personification of evil with a smile as the domineering mother-in-law to sweet, innocent .  Paltrow has no idea what she is getting herself into when she decides to marry her live-in boyfriend (). On a visit to the boy’s family ranch, she meets Mommie Dearest and learns enough about her to realize that the jealous bitch isn’t going to let her marry him without a fight; trouble with this movie is, the guy is never really worth a fight. Perhaps it would have been more fun if Paltrow’s character was just as ruthless in wanting to keep what she feels is hers and it all ended with a Joan Crawford Johnny Guitar showdown.  Readers, watch Cousin Bette instead.

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