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Something to Talk About

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Overview

The feminist outrage of Thelma & Louise 1991 screenwriter Callie Khouri blended superbly with director Lasse Hallstrom's predilection for stories about idiosyncratic families in this effective comedy-drama. Julia Roberts stars as Grace King Bichon, a prim small-town wife who is incensed when she learns that her husband Eddie Bichon Dennis Quaid is having an affair, and that it's not his first dalliance. Grace embarrasses her husband publicly -- then moves in with her wise-mouthed little sister Emma Rae the ...
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Overview

The feminist outrage of Thelma & Louise 1991 screenwriter Callie Khouri blended superbly with director Lasse Hallstrom's predilection for stories about idiosyncratic families in this effective comedy-drama. Julia Roberts stars as Grace King Bichon, a prim small-town wife who is incensed when she learns that her husband Eddie Bichon Dennis Quaid is having an affair, and that it's not his first dalliance. Grace embarrasses her husband publicly -- then moves in with her wise-mouthed little sister Emma Rae the scene-stealing Kyra Sedgwick. Grace becomes even angrier when her mother Georgia Gena Rowlands and wealthy father, horse breeder Wyly King Robert Duvall, side with Eddie in the conflict, fearing the small-town gossip that's sure to swirl around their daughter's marital woes. However, when Georgia finds that Wyly has been a long-term philanderer as well, she kicks him out of his palatial home, embroiling the entire King family in a war between the sexes. Something to Talk About went through several title changes, variously being named "Game of Love" and "Grace Under Pressure" before producers settled on the title of the popular Bonnie Raitt song.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Writer Callie Khouri's follow-up to the celebrated Thelma and Louise is a well-made exercise in female empowerment that comes to a somewhat unpersuasive conclusion. Grace Bichon's (Julia Roberts) discovery of her husband Eddie's (Dennis Quaid) philandering, an open secret to everyone in her South Carolina town, is the trigger of the story. While she doesn't hesitate to get some well-earned payback, she also engages in marathon venting, releasing years of frustration over the ambitions she had suppressed for her marriage. The script is often funny, à la Thelma and Louise, and Kyra Sedgewick, as Emma Rae Grace's cynical love-singed younger sister has some of the sharpest lines, but much of the more broad and generic humor seems to have cribbed from the Southern-Gothic playbook. The ending is also unsatisfying since it's difficult to believe in the kind of empowerment fantasy Khouri is floating for Grace, who has been shown to be rooted in the horse country she seems to want to escape. The film boasts an exceptional cast, unusual in featuring five strong leads, and in some ways, the chastened Robet Duvall and the explosive Gena Rowlands steal the film. Legendary Bergman cinematographer Sven Nykvist also adds to the quality of this interesting film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/1997
  • UPC: 012569648432
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Spanish / Subtitled
  • Language: Español
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Grace
Dennis Quaid Eddie Bichon
Robert Duvall Wyly King
Gena Rowlands Georgia King
Kyra Sedgwick Emma Rae
Brett Cullen Jamie Johnson
Haley Aull Caroline
Anne Shropshire Aunt Rae
Terrence Currier Dr. Frank Lewis
Rebecca Koon Babaranelle
Rhoda Griffis Edna
Deborah Hobart Lorene Tuttle
Libby Whittemore Nadine
J. Don Ferguson Announcer
Mary Nell Santacroce Mrs Pinkerton
Muse Watson Hank Corrigan
Amy Parrish Lucy
Helen Baldwin Mary Jane
Shannon Eubanks Jessie
Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
William S. Beasley Co-producer
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
Mia Goldman Editor
Goldie Hawn Executive Producer
Roberta J. Holinko Set Decoration/Design
Callie Khouri Screenwriter
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Graham Preskett Score Composer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthea Sylbert Producer
Paula Weinstein Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT

    This movie is in mygallery of classics. I have seen it several times and each time I enjoy it just as much as the first time I watched it. TAll the characters are well cast. This is a Julia Roberts film, but all the other characters are just as good. Kyra Sedgewick as the younger sister is low key but memorable. The plot line weaves together and contrasts the two marriages- Grce's and her mother's in an interesting way. There are many excellent scenes--the dance at the party as Dennis Quaid tries to reconnect with his wife; the women in the big house watching Robert Duvall's attempt to come to terms with his wife's total change of character; the look on Gena Rowland's face as her daughter reveals to her the extent of her husband's infidelity.

    Most movies you watch once. I am sure I will watch this movie again. This movie is something to talk about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie!

    I love horses and Julia Roberts and this was a GREAT combination of both! Cute story and a good pick-me-up movie! A definite must-have for your collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie!

    I enjoyed this movie so much, especially the scene where Eddie and Grace are dancing, that's got to be my favorite scene of the movie! The southern portrayal is so true! And the acting is wonderful, Juia Roberts and Dennis Quaid aren't "wow" actors, but they are exceptionally talented. Great film, great acting, great storyline, great everything. I gave it 4 stars because though it was funny and terrific, it lacks a certain something, but I still definitely recommend it for ages 13 and up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    And Did We Talk

    That was the FUNNIEST movie. I especially love the quick-witted little sister and her witty comments. Actually, SHE should have been the STAR of this movie!

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