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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Unconditional Love (2002)

After her husband (Dan Aykroyd) leaves her and her favorite singer (Jonathan Pryce) is murdered, a woman (Kathy Bates) decides to attend the singer's funeral in England. It's there that she meets the singer's lover (Rupert Everett) and together they decide to track down the singer's murderer. Directed by P.J. Hogan, who had great success with the comedies MURIEL'S WEDDING and MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, but this time he seems overwhelmed by the material which is in serious need of tightening (it runs over two hours). There's a terrific comedy in here somewhere and a lot of time, it's on display. But Hogan and his co-screenwriter Jocelyn Moorhouse try to mix two many story lines which leaves the film unfocused and too much time is spent on scenes when we just want to move on. Still, when it hits its marks, it's very funny. With Julie Andrews, Lynn Redgrave, Peter Sarsgaard, Stephanie Beacham, Jack Noseworthy, Barry Manilow and the wonderful Meredith Eaton who steals every scene she's in as Bates' dwarf daughter in law.

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