Used People
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Todd Graff wrote the screenplay for this eccentric romantic comedy in the spirit of Moonstruck that exchanges pasta for matzo balls. The film takes place in Queens in 1969, where Pearl Berman (Shirley MacLaine) has just arrived back from the funeral of her husband. As her dysfunctional family kvetches in the living room, the dapper Joe Meledandri (Marcello Mastroianni) arrives. It seems that Joe has admired Pearl from afar for a number of years, ever since he met her husband in a bar and persuaded him to return to his wife. He invites Pearl for coffee, provoking the wisecrack from her mother… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A soap opera with suds, this meller gives a bad name to the woman's picture in its story of a Jewish widow-matriarch and her dysfunctional family (mom, two problematic daughters), thrown off its shaken balance when Mastroianni's Italian charmer arrives"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mastroianni and MacLaine are both fine, but the film is a little too cutesy for its own good."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Well-observed but shapeless mainstream romantic comedy that reminds one of Moonstruck."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An old-fashioned melodrama with equal doses of laughter and tears."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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