Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
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Two aging single women in 1980s New Jersey enact a depressing routine of deluded barroom romance in this made-for-cable drama. At least 15 years after her father walked out on her, Debby (Uma Thurman) still has issues with men. She spends her evenings carousing with best friend, Beth (Juliette Lewis), and her hung-over days working customer service and dreaming of a proper romance. Debby's endless stream of dissatisfactions includes single mom Beth's precocious daughter, whose needs sometimes
Apr 15, 2003
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The actors pull out all the stops in nearly every scene, but to diminishing effect. The characters never change.
Nair and writer Laura Cahill dare to build a movie around some flawed but rather unexceptional women, emerging with a fine character study that's short on plot but rich in the tiny revelations of real life.
Nair's attention to detail creates an impeccable sense of place, while Thurman and Lewis give what can easily be considered career-best performances.
The emotional overload of female angst irreparably drags the film down.
Everything was as superficial as the forced New Jersey lowbrow accent Uma had.
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