(out of 5)
Writer Callie Khouri goes from the seriousness of Thelma and Louise to a lighter touch in dealing with the issues that southern women face in their everyday culture. Julia Roberts one day discovers that her husband (Dennis Quaid) has been cheating on her for a good amount of time, and after nearly falling apart moves back in with her parents (Gena Rowlands, Robert Duvall). They, in turn, tell her to go back to her husband and keep her mouth quiet before people notice and start talking. Kyra Sedgwick steals every scene she’s in as Roberts’ sassy-mouthed sister, the only member of the family who manages to stick up for her sibling in her times of trouble. Khouri’s screenplay features winning characters handled wonderfully by director Lasse Hallstrom (someone with a strength for family drama) and lots of enjoyably comedic moments in this movie that will delight of all its luminous star’s devoted fans.
Screenplay by Callie Khouri
Cinematography by Sven Nykvist
Production Design by Mel Bourne
Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Film Editing by Mia Goldman