Rated: R for sex and a little strong language. Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: April 12, 1991
The Object of Beauty is not Andie MacDowell but an expensive brass bead which was given to her by her first husband. That may be unexpected but this film is somewhat different from most. It is comical but not a comedy. Joh Malkovich and MacDowell are a couple living above their means at a very fine English hotel. The brass head is the only liquid asset remaining and becomes the object of focus which could be sold or reported stolen for insurance money.
A twist occurs when the object is stolen by a deft housekeeper who works for the hotel. Malkovich and MacDowell each believe the other has hidden the head so an insurance claim can be made.
The film moves slowly and pleasantly, the performances are fine and the characters are offbeat and interesting. However, they become overbearing, particularly with the contrast between the lifestyle of the poor maid and their own not-directional selfish lifestyle. In time they begin to recognize that they are beginning to develop a serious love and affection for each other, but it is too little, too late for the average audience.
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