Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1997. Bandeira Entertainment, Spelling Films. Screenplay by Mark Waters, based on the play by Wendy MacLeod. Cinematography by Michael Spiller. Produced by Beau Flynn,Stefan Simchowitz. Music by Rolfe Kent. Production Design by Patrick Sherman. Costume Design by Edi Giguere. Film Editing by Pamela Martin. Toronto International Film Festival 1997.
Strange black comedy that can never decide if it wants to be a full-on political farce or a harmless comedy. Josh Hamilton brings new girlfriend Tori Spelling home to meet his wacky Washington family, a group of misfits who live within viewing distance of the White House. His whole clan have a screw loose, including unstable mom (Genevieve Bujold) and thoroughly bent sister (a hilarious Parker Posey), who goes everywhere dressed like Jackie O. The troupe is unwelcoming of Spelling as they don’t want to let her in on their family secrets, with things going really overboard when the couple reveal that they are engaged and send Posey into a virulent jealous rage. The trouble with this film is that none of the family secrets revealed in the process are actually worth finding out. Spelling’s charming performance is an asset to this otherwise forgettable experience that is so much less than it should have been. Based on the play by Wendy MacLeod.