Review Date: January 10, 2000
Director: James Mangold
Writer: J. Mangold, L. Loomer, A. Phelan
Producers: Douglas Wick and Cathy Konrad
Winona Ryder as Susanna
Angelina Jolie as Lisa
Is it truly depressing and will you want to go out, find the nearest bar and drown yourself in liquor over the pitiful state of your measly existence after having seen the movie? Certainly not. It does provide for some levity in parts and even teases you with an epilogue which definitely might be mistaken as an optimistic one by some. Unfortunately, I just didn't find anything fresh or engaging in much of the film's narrative, save for the bang-a-gong performance by John Voight's daughter, Angelina. Actually, Winona Ryder was also pretty solid as the girl falling apart at the seams, as were most of the rest of the girls (Ixnay on Whoopie Goldberg, who basically felt like Whoopie Goldberg in some big-ass hair!), but on the whole, the film just didn't leave me with much more to think about once it was over. The only thing on my mind after the movie was all that damn snow that I was gonna have to clean off my car, but alas, that is my life in the Great White North.
See it if you haven't seen ONE FLEW, enjoy depressing material, feel as though you may relate to the unstable characters or really dig Jolie and Ryder. Otherwise skip this downer and live to smile another day.