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Hysterical Blindness (2002)

Hysterical Blindness (2002)

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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 interrupt the women's search for boyfriends, and the shrewish condescension of her older co-workers. But on the very same day that high-strung Debby experiences a bout of hysterical blindness at work, she enjoys a strained encounter in the parking lot of her favorite watering hole with handsome construction worker Rick (Justin Chambers). This brief flirtation convinces Debby that she's finally found Mr. Right, but it's obvious to anyone else watching that Rick is Mr. Right Now, at best. As the relationship staggers along, Debby becomes convinced that the same is true of Nick (Ben Gazzara), the kindly widower who is courting her waitress mother, Virginia (Gena Rowlands). But even Nick's fatherly overtones and fine intentions can't shield Debby and Virginia from the vicissitudes of life. Executive-produced by star Thurman, Hysterical Blindness was directed by Mira Nair, fresh off the success of the art-house hit Monsoon Wedding. The associate producer was writer Laura Cahill, who adapted her own play for the small screen. The film premiered August 25, 2002, on HBO.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Television
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Blum Israel

Cast

Uma Thurman
as Debby
Gena Rowlands
as Virginia
Susan Isaacs
as Theresa
Callie Thorne
as Carolann
Alex Draper
as Michael
Patrick Collins
as Mr. Murphy
Russell Gibson
as Diner Customer
Ali Marsh
as Trina
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Critic Reviews for Hysterical Blindness

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

The actors pull out all the stops in nearly every scene, but to diminishing effect. The characters never change.

March 26, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 28, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Nice piece of work.

August 27, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Nair's attention to detail creates an impeccable sense of place, while Thurman and Lewis give what can easily be considered career-best performances.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

The emotional overload of female angst irreparably drags the film down.

Full Review… | November 14, 2002
culturevulture.net

Everything was as superficial as the forced New Jersey lowbrow accent Uma had.

Full Review… | September 24, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Hysterical Blindness

½

Juliette, Uma, and Gena all have the right chemistry to make this little piece a dramatic gem with some humorous twists. Enjoyable from start to finish.

John Woo
John Woo

I cannot believe I actually rent this shit. Juliette Lewis and Uma Thurman were supposed to save this from being a big piece of shit.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot
½

Uma Thurman does a splendid job at delving into the Psyche of "Deb". She embodied "that girl" that we all know, filled with both hope, hopelessness, and desperation. This movie is honest and upfront, very true to the characters. I really enjoyed this movie.

alycia witzmann
alycia witzmann

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