Sunday, May 15, 2005

Reviews Gate: "Solid gold revival of silver-age American comedy"

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Acting and production stumble at these nocturnal self-revelations. It’s not just that Jennifer Ehle hasn’t quite established the ice-princess identity – a tough job now that female sweeties delighted with male attention are no longer order of the day. Sandwiched between the 2 high comedy roles of Julia Mackenzie’s spot-on matriarch and Talulah Riley’s outspoken younger sister, Ehle has a tough role here.

There’s something unconvincingly declamatory about the acting around her. Even Kevin Spacey, who turns a comic point with a sustained look or a louche angle on a chair-arm in the outer scenes, becomes actorishly emphatic with his more earnest night-time dialogue.

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