Rated: PG-13 for adult content Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: December 25, 1990 Released by: Paramount
With the reputation for consistent quality work that Woody Allen enjoys, every actor wants to be in one of his pictures. A lot of them have accomplished that in Alice.
Mia Farrow, who is in her 11th Allen film, plays Alice, wife of very rich and ambitious Doug (played by William Hurt). Alice, bored with shopping and visits to her decorators and beauty salons, discovers that she has back problems. She seeks out Chinese herbalist, Dr. Yang (Keye Luke) who treats other rich bored patients. She also meets a saxophone player, Joe (Joe Mantegna, Godfather III) and is attracted to him, but her guilt prevents her from actin on her attraction.
Alice doesn't follow through on any of her ambitions. She wanted to be a fashion designer and then a writer. In fact, she tries to interest her friend, played by Cybill Shepherd, in a T.T. script she wrote. Alice's failures in life are more pointed compared to her sister (Blythe Danner) who is a successful lawyer.
Mia Farrow was born to play Alice. With her delicate features and quiet voice, she looks unable to make hard, fast choices in her own life. Alice is a compex, well-written character, full of nervous indecision. It's a warm, engaging movie, a true joy to watch.