Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Canada/USA, 1996. Alliance Communications Corporation, Cinépix Film Properties, Fiasco Photoplays, Trick Productions. Screenplay by Greg Mottola. Cinematography by John Inwood. Produced by Steven Soderbergh, Nancy Tenenbaum. Music by Richard Martinez. Production Design by Bonnie J. Brinkley. Costume Design by Barbara Presar. Film Editing by Anne McCabe. Toronto International Film Festival 1996.
Droll New York comedy about happy housewife Hope Davis, who sees husband Stanley Tucci off to work one morning and accidentally finds a love letter that he leaves behind, written to him by a person she does not know. Deciding to find out who it is that’s writing affectionate odes to her spouse, Davis gathers up her wacky family including parents (Pat McNamara, Anne Meara), sister (Parker Posey), and sister’s boyfriend (Liev Schreiber) and they drive from their New Jersey suburb into Manhattan. They go from office to restaurant to parks to evening soirées, in between discovering things about each other they never knew and getting into fights that threaten their familial relationships. This film is extremely entertaining even before reaching its surprise finale, and the actors involved (especially Posey) are a thrill to watch. Look for Marcia Gay Harden in a hilarious cameo role.
The Criterion Collection: #1001