(out of 5)
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars in this grungy drama that tries to be so moving and important but is only really annoying. She plays a self-destructive singer who goes through dysfunctional relationships and crummy little performance gigs while her folksinger sister (Mare Winningham), with whom she has had much sibling rivalry her whole life, enjoys the limelight of incredible popularity. Leigh’s usual overacting, so necessary to her performance as Dorothy Parker, is a liability here and the film’s worst quality. We’re not given good enough reason for her to be such a loser all the time, forcing the audience to watch someone feel sorry for themselves without relief for two hours (yeah, you’ve got emotional problems, which is why you go the airport barefoot?) Winningham is the only bright spot, giving not only a brilliant performance but also the film’s only moments of grace.
Directed by Ulu Grosbard
Screenplay by Barbara Turner
Cinematography by Jan Kiesser
Production Design by Lester Cohen
Costume Design by Carol Oditz
Film Editing by Elizabeth Kling