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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Something to Talk About
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Warner Home Video 08/95 DVD/VHS Feature Film
R - brief strong language

It's very rare nowadays to see a movie that focuses on a marital breakup from the woman's perspective. In Something To Talk About, a fine comedy written by Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise), Grace (Julia Roberts) discovers that her husband Eddie (Dennis Quaid) has been cheating on her. She takes her ten-year-old daughter and moves in with Emma Mae (Kyra Sedgwick), her sarcastic but loving sister.

Her father (Robert Duvall), who runs a horse breeding farm where she works, wants Grace to reconcile with Eddie and forget the whole thing. But she's on a new path of self-transformation and there's no going home again.

Although the film seems to stray a bit by looking at an equestrian competition involving Grace's daughter and father, director Lasse Hallstrom (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) brings the story right back to the heart with a finale emphasizing Grace's personal renewal. You'll find yourself cheering for the women around her who provide the soulful support she needs to test her newfound wings of independence.

 

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