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Used People (1992)




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Todd Graff wrote the screenplay for this eccentric romantic comedy in the spirit of Moonstruck that exchanges pasta for matzo balls. The film takes place in Queens in 1969, where Pearl Berman (Shirley MacLaine) has just arrived back from the funeral of her husband. As her dysfunctional family kvetches in the living room, the dapper Joe Meledandri (Marcello Mastroianni) arrives. It seems that Joe has admired Pearl from afar for a number of years, ever since he met her husband in a bar and persuaded him to return to his wife. He invites Pearl for coffee, provoking the wisecrack from her mother (Jessica Tandy): "She got picked up at her own husband's funeral." As Pearl is wooed by Joe, she has to deal with her lonely, overweight daughter Bibby (Kathy Bates) and her prettier daughter Norma (Marcia Gay Harden), who suffers from such a lack of self esteem that she assumes the personalities of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Bonnie Parker.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Graff
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 2011
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Matthew Branton
Emma Tammi
as Young Bibby
Asia Vieira
as Young Norma
Lee Wallace
as Uncle Harry
Louis Guss
as Uncle Normy
Maia Filar
as Rhonda
David Gow
as Bill the Jeweler
Doris Roberts
as Aunt Lonnie
Helen Hanft
as Aunt Ruthie
Jeremy Trancz
as Cousin Matthew
Stuart Stone
as Cousin Stevie
Sam Hutchinson
as Crying Baby
Ida Bernardini
as Aunt Louisa
Ida Bemardini
as Aunt Louisa
Genevieve Langlois
as French Teacher
Luba Goy
as Nursing Home Staff M...
Jim Millan
as Priest
Stephanie Voves
as Girl at Wedding
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 1, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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