The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): B

United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 1984.  Woodfall Film Productions, Filmline Productions, Producers Circle.  Screenplay by Tony Richardson, based on the novel by . Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Film Editing by .

Further proof, after The World According To Garp, that John Irving is difficult to translate to the big screen. This terribly pointless film is about a family who live in and run the titular establishment, headed by father  and mom . They believe in liberal parenting which results in free-spirited daughter Jodie Foster and her puberty-pained brother (), who is madly in love with her, and their youngest sister (), who has a fate all of her own. is lovely as a family friend who is only comfortable in a bear costume, but for the most part the film’s characters are flat and the narrative aimless. Irving’s plot is followed quite faithfully, but the spirit of the story is left on the page.

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