Rich In Love

I don’t get what the title is supposed to mean precisely, but it’s characteristic of the nuzzling vagueness of the movie as a wholea reunion of Driving Miss Daisy’s producers (Richard D. and Lili Fini Zanuck), screenwriter (Alfred Uhry, here adapting a novel by Josephine Humphreys rather than his own work), and director Bruce Beresford, who again make plentiful use of an idyllic southern location (this time Charleston, South Carolina) and eccentrics in domestic settings. The plot focuses on the responsibilities assumed by a teenage girl (Kathryn Erbe) in taking care of her unemployed father (Albert Finney) after her mother (Jill Clayburgh) unexpectedly walks out on themresponsibilities that are both lessened and complicated when her older sister (Suzy Amis) suddenly turns up pregnant and with a Yankee husband (Kyle MacLachlan) in tow. Not much else happens, so most of what this movie has going for it is the resourceful cast (which also includes Piper Laurie, Alfre Woodard, and Ethan Hawke) and color-calendar settings. I found the charm a bit calculated in spots, but the actorly talents on view provide plenty of distraction. (JR)

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