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Something to Talk About

Something to Talk About
Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duval, Gena Rowlands and Kyra Sedgwick

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Linda  
Release date: August 4, 1995 Released by: Warner Brothers

After seeing the trailer to Something to Talk About, which suggests a comic look at infidelity, I wasn't so sure I would be able to appreciate the film. For those of you who may share my apprehensions, I would encourage you to see the film since it seriously and sensitively portrays the potentially devastating effect of extramarital affairs.

Julia Roberts plays Grace King Bichon, a harried, dutiful daughter w2ho divides her time between her job at her family's thoroughbred stable, various charities and caring for her young daughter. Devoted to her family, she is going through the motions of life, trusting that things will continue on in much the same way they always have. When she discovers her husband Eddie (Dennis Quaid) with another woman, she is jolted into a closer exploration of what's really going on in her life.

Her well-meaning parents, Wyly (Robert Duval) and Georgie (Gena Rowlands), try to offer their support, but they have never dealt effectively with the painful episodes in their own lives and cannot offer her appropriate advice. Her mother advises her to look the other way and conduct her self in a way that will guard her family's reputation. Her father merely expresses his discomfort with the warring couple and his fears that the tension between them may impact a business deal he is negotiating with Eddie's father.

Only Emma Rae (Kyra Sedgwick), Grace's sister, can offer the neutral perspective that Grace needs to put her life back together. In her unique and feisty way, Emma Rae tells it like it is - freeing Grace to be herself.

Director Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog,What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) did a great job with this film, telling a very real human story and eliciting from the actors strong, authentic performances.

I really enjoyed this film and continue, days after seeing it, to reflect on the lives of the characters.

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