Used People


(out of 5)

Delightful romantic comedy by Beeban Kidron, about love among the senior set. On the day of her husband’s funeral,  is approached by an old acquaintance ( in his first English-language role) who announces that he has been in love with her for decades and is now finally free to tell her. A bit taken aback by his gall, MacLaine decides against all better advice to go out on a date with him anyway.  has an excellent supporting turn as MacLaine’s frustrated daughter, but the real moments of brilliance come from a terrific  as MacLaine’s younger girl, who takes out her unhappiness in life by dressing up as a different movie star every day. The part is at first very comical, but eventually we get a good glimpse into the sorrow beneath it, and Harden is terrific every step of the way. This enjoyable comedy also stars  and .

JVC Entertainment Networks, Largo Entertainment

USA/Japan, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his plays The Grandma Plays

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cinematography by

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Shirley MacLaine)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Marcello Mastroianni)


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