(out of 5)
Holly Hunter finds love and fulfillment later in life, after her younger sister (Laura San Giacomo) gets married and long after her family has given up on her. Her happiness comes in the form of boisterous, slightly abrasive Richard Dreyfuss, and their relationship proves to be a huge test for her traditional Italian-American family. This enjoyable melodrama follows the soap-operatic ups and downs of Hunter’s life with her husband, ending on a ridiculously tragic note that the story could well have done without. Although Hunter can never, ever convince you that she is ethnic of any kind, she is powerful and effective and always likeable at even the most challenging moments, and as in Miss Firecracker her performance is this film’s one great asset.
Screenplay by Malia Scotch Marmo
Cinematography by Theo van de Sande
Music by James Horner
Production Design by David Gropman
Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein