Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1991. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Meg Kasdan. Cinematography by Owen Roizman. Produced by Michael Grillo, Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Bo Welch. Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Film Editing by Carol Littleton. Academy Awards 1991. Golden Globe Awards 1991. National Board of Review Awards 1991.
Eight years after Lawrence Kasdan caught the world’s attention with The Big Chill, he provides another tasteful and intelligent examination of a group of thirtysomething characters. Kevin Kline opens the film in a riveting sequence that has his car die in the middle of a troubled neighbourhood until a stranger (Danny Glover) helps him out. Their friendship becomes the spine of the story, one that opens up to examine other characters involved in their lives including Kline’s wife (masterfully played by Mary McDonnell) and his assistant and sometimes mistress (Mary-Louise Parker). Also starring Steve Martin and Alfre Woodard, this isn’t a film for all tastes but it definitely leaves an impression.