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The Butcher's Wife

The Butcher's Wife
Starring:
Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, George Dzundza and Mary Steenburger


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: October 25, 1991

Demi Moore plays Marina, a clairvoyant who imagines her future love approaching her in a boat. When the butcher (George Dzundza) washes up on her island shore she immediately marries him and moves to his home over the butcher shop in Greenwich Village. Very quickly she begins to affect the lives of Dzundza's friends. The focus of the changes she makes continues to fall into the lap of Dr. Alex Tremor (Jeff Daniels), the local shrink.

Marina changes Stella Kefauver (Mary Steenburgen) from a drab dull choir teacher to a sexy blues singer who attracts the butcher, Marina's husband. Marina's candid statements and actions turn the community upside down, more like a situation comedy for television than a film.

Moore's hair is blond and frizzy and it makes her look like the good fairy in Pinocchio. A twist of real magic could have turned an average film with some funny situations into a special one. Mary Steenburgen steals the show with her performance, in which she sings for the first time. She is a delight to watch. The Butcher's Wife is OK but something is missing.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
The Butcher's Wife  B   B                     B 

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