Magazine article Newsweek

Something to Talk About

Magazine article Newsweek

Something to Talk About

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SOMETHING TO TALX ABOUT, THE SECOND MOVie written by Callie Khouri, probably won't ignite the op-ed passions that "Thelma and Louise" did, but you can't miss the Khouri touch--her sharp Southern tongue and her determination to tell tales from a fresh, female point of view. The women in this smart, highly entertaining comedy don't pack guns, but relations between the sexes are such that a well-placed knee in the groin can come in handy.

The knee belongs to Emma Rae King (Kyra Sedgwick), the groin is her brother-in-law Eddie's (Dennis Quaid) and the kick is an expression of solidarity with her sister Grace King Bichon (Julia Roberts), who's just discovered her husband's infidelity. Even before she uncovers the affair, Grace is frayed at the edges. Every time she drives off to an appointment, she forgets she's left her 10-year-old daughter behind.

Now, confronted with Eddie's philandering, something snaps in Grace, and she loses her tolerance for keeping up appearances. First she scandalizes her women's charity group. Then, moving back to the family manse, she troubles the waters with rude truths, setting off a chain reaction of pain and lunacy. Her rich, autocratic horse-breeding Daddy (Robert Duvall) fears that her marital woes will blow a real-estate deal with Eddie's father. Her mother (Gena Rowlands), oozing discreet Southern charm, urges her to forgive her husband and reconcile. Her dotty aunt recommends giving him a dose of poison--or "homeopathic aversion therapy," as she calls it. …

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