Synopsis: Three Southern belles shriek a lot in an old house.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Meet the Magrath sisters. They’re three off-beat young women reunited after a bizarre incident. Together again under the same roof, they must overcome sibling jealousies and the family reputation for taking the easy way out.”
What Did I Learn?: There are few more depressing scenes than a middle-aged woman sticking a birthday candle into a cookie and singing: “Happy Birthday to Me”.
You Might Like This Movie If: You haven’t threatened to jerk a knot in somebody’s tail for a whole month of Sundays. (I wonder if "Kiss My Grits" is now a Southernism...)
Really?: One of the three sisters is discovered to have slept with a 15-year old boy, and nobody (well, except her husband) seems terribly upset about it.
Rating: Crimes of the Heart received rave reviews and three Academy Award nominations, but this film really left me cold. Yeah, I realize it probably qualifies as a “chick flick” and I'm not exactly the target audience, but I’d like to think I can recognize good writing or a strong performance. Alas, there’s too much dialogue which doesn’t sound like real speech, the characters aren’t terribly likeable, and don’t get me started on all that shrieking... 5/10 stars.