Something To Talk About

Callie Khouri’s first produced screenplay since Thelma & Louise, directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Once Around, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), stars Julia Roberts as a southern housewife and mother working out her rage after discovering that her husband (Dennis Quaid) has been unfaithful. The movie is first-rate at dealing with this subject and not nearly as confident about dealing with everything else, but Hallstrom is as adept as usual in handling the actors (all of them skillful), and if you don’t mind being attentive to heaps of southern jive going nowhere in particular, Khouri lays it on with style. With Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands, and Kyra Sedgwick; Sven Nykvist is in charge of the cinematography. (JR)

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