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Yeah, ok, ok, it's pretty cheesy, but who doesn't like cheese? Except for my lactose intolerant friends, that is... I got a real kick out of watching Mira Sorvino play Lucy, a Bronx girl who looks and acts like some 80s breakfast club brat and talks 'loike dis" because she's from the Bronx. It is a bit cliched, fair enough, but it's also fun. After all, wasn't it Toni Morrison who said that every cliche is a cliche because it's true or something to that affect. I think the movie would be a lot stronger if it was played as a straight comedy instead of as a drama. It actually starts out as a comedy, kind of like the Odd Couple, and then suddenly morphs into a melodrama which you will find disappointing. Tammy Blanchard plays the straight laced sister who is kind of snore in comparison but she manages to play the straight man pretty well to the kooky Lucy. This isn't great cinema, but it beats a lot of other movies out there if you're dying to see something different.
Maybe it's because I'm from New York and know a bajillion girls like the character Mira Sorvino plays that I liked this movie, but I really did have a hoot and a half while watching it. I admit I even cried for a bit while watching the climactic scenes (no worries, no spoilers) but if pressed I would say that I probably wouldn't watch the whole movie again. The best bit of the whole thing is the way Mira Sorvino plays her character Lucy. She's a total train wreck who dresses like a hooch and talks like she's straight from the Bronx (because she is) and this drives her sister crazy, her sister who is the straight laced one who wants to live a nice white lily Martha Stewart-esque life. When they are reunited, they are forced to reconcile which brings up all the old issues they would rather not talk about (and they haven't been talking much at all in the last few years). So all in all, yeah, its fairly sentimental, but if you watch it with an open mind, I think your heart will open up too. Give it a try.
I was really rooting for this picture, really I was! It has girl power written all over it: it stars two great actresses, is written by a woman, directed by a woman, and is about two women who learn to love each other after years of being estranged. Unfortunately, even the best of intentions go awry, which is kind of like saying no good deed goes unpunished. I know a lot of people will see this movie and think 'oh god; it's just another sappy tear jerker' but if you can get past the sentimentality, you will be able to appreciate what it's trying to say. I do think that a lot of the scenes could have been done better if they were shorter and there were less weird zoom ins with the camera (I guess they were trying to do something new and unexpected) but the performances are quite good and I think it's about time that Mira Sorvino came back to the big screen. We've missed you, Romy!
Straight up chick flick, you guys - and by that I mean that guys will want to stay away from this one by a mile (or ten, lol). My girlfriend was bored so we went to see this and I think I had to buy an extra coffee from the concession stand just to stay awake! It's like every melodramatic cliche mixed together in movie soup. And the taste is nothing to brag about, believe me. The performances are pretty good by the two actresses who play the leads but they seem bored with the material that seems like it was lifted from "General Hospital" or "One Life to Live". Didn't the director or writer notice that soap operas are a dying breed? What made her think we'd want to sit through an hour and half soap opera when most people can't even stomach the 42 minutes in a regular show? My girlfriend liked the movie a lot more than I did - I think she even cried once or twice - but my eyeballs were either fighting to stay awake or keep from rolling. Dunno why, but I think Renee Zellwegger would have been perfect for this movie. What happened to her?
I think Mira Sorvino is a gorgeous actress who just doesn't get the kind of credit she deserves. I'll admit that this isn't the best movie of all time (it's not even the best movie Sorvino has made) but I think it's pretty watchable nonetheless, especially if you come from a family that has issues - and which family doesn't? The touching story of two sisters who haven't been on the best of terms but who end up falling in love with each other all over again is a good thing for everyone to see, I think. There are some racy things in the movie, but I wouldn't mind showing this to my teens so that they get the message that family is the most important thing, even when they drive you crazy or drive you away altogether. The direction is kinda loose and sometimes the story seems to be wandering off in new directions before it gets back on track, but overall I think this is a nice movie and Mira Sorvino still looks amazing. Love her!
Dear god, how the might have fallen! Remember Mira Sorvino back in the day in movies like "Romy an Michelle's High School Reunion"? I think the only thing I saw her in after that was when she did a guest spot on Will & Grace . . . and correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't she win an Oscar at one point? I guess all that's history because now she has to star in movies like this maudlin tragedy called "Union Square" which has more drama than the average soap opera! As a female, I guess I could understand how the story of two estranged sisters might be appealing to female audiences, but this one just goes way over the top. First it starts off as a seemingly quirky dramedy about two women who haven't gotten along very well and then suddenly if becomes this overly sappy story of redemption with everything from drugs and alcohol to suicide and divorce. Tammy Blanchard is pretty good in her part, Sorvino seems to kind of sleep walk through her role. All in all, if you miss it, you ain't missing much!