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  • Summary: When a woman named Mona (Midler) drives her son's car into the river to her death, everyone in town becomes a potential suspect.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 20 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Executed on a pretty broad level, but if characterization is slighted, the ensemble is so rich, with such depth, that every few minutes another juicy turn keeps coming our way to divert us.
  2. 63
    Tasteless but sporadically uproarious black comedy.
  3. The actors more eager to goof around in schlumpfy costumes on a low-budget lark than to play their trashy characters with the seriousness such farce requires.
  4. Excuse me, but didn't Bette Midler already play this role?
  5. 20
    The only vaguely funny moments are courtesy William Fichtner, as the dead woman's husband, and Jamie Lee Curtis in full metal drag as his furtive squeeze.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    The script plays goofy games, stopping the action for Tarantino-style small talk; piling on alternate, "Rashomon"-style flashbacks; and divulging its characters' secrets in no particular order.
  7. 10
    A dreary crash of malapropisms and slapstick maimings wrapped very loosely around a murder mystery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. BerthaFox-D.
    Sep 15, 2005
    9
    This is a hillarious movie. It took a couple of viewings before I "got" it, but it's a great film. It reminds me of the Bonnie Bakely This is a hillarious movie. It took a couple of viewings before I "got" it, but it's a great film. It reminds me of the Bonnie Bakely trial. The woman was so despised that anyone who came in contact with her could have been culpable! Jamie Lee Curtis steals the show as a greasy spoon waitress who is having an affair with Mona's husband AND son! Worth seeing for sure! Expand

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