Rated: R For language and adult theme. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 26, 1993 Released by: Orion
Three married couples, one rich (Cybil Shepherd and Ron Silver), one middle-class (Beau Bridges and Stockard Channing) and the third, young and upwardly mobile (Mary Stuart Masterson and Robert Sean Leonard), become unlikely friends while working on a school pageant.
They all have problems. Snooty Shepherd doesn't get along with her moody teenage stepdaughter, Bridges is a social worker who went to Woodstock and is still stuck in the 1960s and Leonard is an investment broker who's charged with stock manipulation. These problems lead to strains in each of their marriages.
Of the three couples, Bridges and Channing are the most likable. They have two cute boys who experiment with punk hairdos and they try to make ends meet in their tiny apartment. Masterson is naive and sweet and Leonard, as her husband, is egotistical and self-righteous. Shepherd is annoyingly whiny and Silver is too good an actor to even be in this movie.
The film is not sharp or witty enough to be a social commentary, and the laughs in this comedy are nonexistent. If it concentrated on one of the couples, it would have been a more enjoyable film. Instead, it tries to deal with too many characters and becomes confusing.
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