Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1993. Down To Earth Productions, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Ivan Menchell, based on his play. Cinematography by Steven Poster. Produced by David Brown. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Maher Ahmad. Costume Design by Hilary Rosenfeld. Film Editing by John Carter.
Pleasant and at times funny account of three widows (Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd) whose main social connection is at their husbands’ graves. It has funny moments, some sad, none of them difficult to figure out ahead of time. The film is mainly aimed at the Fried Green Tomatoes crowd, but doesn’t feature that wonderful film’s sense of rich storytelling or genuine emotion. Still, Burstyn is wonderful, Dukakis funny and Ladd zesty.