Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA/Germany, 2000. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Company Medien KG, Laurence Mark Productions, Nora Ephron Productions. Screenplay by Delia Ephron, Nora Ephron, based on the book by Delia Ephron. Cinematography by Howard Atherton. Produced by Nora Ephron, Laurence Mark. Music by David Hirschfelder. Production Design by Waldemark Kalinowski. Costume Design by Bobbie Read. Film Editing by Julie Monroe.
Way too thin and messy comedy-drama about the tribulations affecting the middle sister (Meg Ryan) of a very troubled family. When her father (Walter Matthau in a final, and great, performance) succumbs to serious illness, Ryan takes it upon herself to see to everything, giving her the chance to examine her rocky relationship with both him and her estranged mother (Cloris Leachman). As her two equally isolated sisters, Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow are given both too little and too much to do at the same time, leaving the plot to jump around from issue to issue without deciding on an axis around which to revolve. Keaton distractedly directs Nora and Delia Ephron’s incomprehensible script, but Ryan emerges with a great performance worth being proud of.