Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Robert Altman directed this bittersweet ensemble piece about an eccentric and entangled group of family and friends living in the Deep South. Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Patricia Neal) is the widowed matriarch of a small-town Mississippi family, which includes her nieces Camille (Glenn Close), a pretentious would-be artist staging an amateur production of +Salome at a local church, and Cora Julianne Moore), her less than enthusiastic leading lady. Willis (Charles S. Dutton), the caretaker of Cookie's rambling mansion, tries to persuade her sweet but aimless grand-niece, Emma (Liv Tyler), to move in with her, but she's more interested in her on-again, off-again romance with local cop Jason (Chris O'Donnell). Typical of Altman's work, Cookie's Fortune weaves together a number of different plot lines with relaxed grace, and features an impressive cast, including Ned Beatty, Lyle Lovett, and Courtney B. Vance. … More
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Critic Reviews for Cookie's Fortune
Most of what transpires is low-key, affectionate comedy and a fair amount of fun.
Cookie's Fortune is a wittily diagrammed portrait of a small town shaken to its roots by this deceptive calamity. The movie, though, never really becomes more than a diagram.
The deceptively modest Cookie's Fortune may or not be Robert Altman's best film in years, but it is certainly his most pleasurable.
What's so distinctively charming is the easygoing tone, which manages to turn black comedy into a strangely gentle, touching and delicate affair.
Cookie's Fortune is Robert Altman's sunniest film, a warm-hearted comedy that somehow manages to deal with death and murder charges without even containing a real villain.
One well-telegraphed disclosure is heartwarmingly self-congratulatory, the other genealogical bombshell totally inconsequential.
This serio comedy about an eccentric Southern family is a minor work in Altman's oeuvre, but it's well acted and enjoyable.
Despite several silly twists near the end, the acting is quite charming.
Despite some lovely performances (though, sad to say, Patricia Neal's isn't one of them) and charming moments, this meandering ensemble piece and its Tennessee Williams-ish finale is oddly out of character.
Legendary director Robert Altman gives us a crime movie that somehow makes an old story seem fresh and funny.
The perfect melding of story, characters, actors and behind the camera talent, all under the expert control of Altman.
Everyone loves a good murder mystery. And with a distinguished director like Robert Altman at the helm, and with talent like Glenn Close, Patricia Neal, Charles Dutton, Ned Beatty, and Julianne Moore, it would be hard to miss.
A charming, quirky tale of small-town intrigue featuring a crackerjack cast.
Though it's the screen equivalent of cotton candy,"Fortune" is made with a very high grade of sugar.
There's no major message in this Cookie, only a fortune that reads, "You will have a good time."
The old energy and bite may be lacking, but at least this lazy, amiable shaggy-dog story was made in the same freewheeling, idiosyncratic way as Altman's best work.
Enough twists and turns to satisfy the most diehard mystery lover, as well as memorable characters and funny dialog for those of us who need a little more.
It's a God's eye point-of-view that often doesn't work because having all the answers in advance can drain the picture of its intensity, but somehow Altman manages to pick up most of the slack with eccentric characters and dark, farcical humor.
Audience Reviews for Cookie's Fortune
"Cookie's Fortune" is a sharp, dazzling dark comedy from Robert Altman. Anne Rapp's screenplay both captures the essence of small town life and character as well as satirizes it. The 'murder' mystery centerpiece is clever, funny and unique. Punctuated by a fantastic ensemble, featuring memorable turns from Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton, Liv Tyler and Patricia Neal. "Cookie's Fortune" perfectly captures Altman's comedic sensibilities and knack for crafting wonderfully funny and true characters.More
Nothing amazing but a solid small town dramedy/mystery that's well acted and amusing. I haven't seen most of Altman's work before but this seems very much his style from what I've seen.More
This isn't Altman's best, but having said that Altman is also easily one of my favourite directors - so even when he is not at his best, he never fails to entertain. And entertaining this is, a quirky, very Southern comedy with endearing characters. Julianne Moore is hilarious as the slightly loopy sister, Glenn Close is simply superb in her over-the-top performance. Unfortunately, Liv Tyler is almost equally as bad as the others are great. The story sometimes is not as smooth as it could be, but the eccentric characters and the atmosphere of a small Southern town is what makes this a great and fun film.More
Cookie's Fortune Quotes
- Jack Palmer:
- He died alright about four years later in Alabama, in a button factory accident.
- Emma Duvall:
- A button factory?
- Camille Orcutt:
- Seems the hole poker machine broke loose and fell on him. He had 273 holes in him before they could get it off.
- Willis Richland:
- Well, if anybody's hungry, I got some stuff at home for catfish enchiladas.
- Lester Boyle:
- I'll bet the farm that Willis doesn't have AB negative blood.
- Otis Tucker:
- Now how do you know that?
- Lester Boyle:
- Cause I've fished with him.
- Lester Boyle:
- Break an arm!
- Josie Martin:
- We people who are in the bar busies, we don't spend much time looking a the clock on the wall. We do what we do best-drinking and burying the blues.
- Willis Richland:
- Every family got someone whose got a screw loose.
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