Something to Talk About (1995)



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The feminist outrage of Thelma & Louise (1991) screenwriter Callie Khouri blended superbly with director Lasse Hallstrom's predilection for stories about idiosyncratic families in this effective comedy-drama. Julia Roberts stars as Grace King Bichon, a prim small-town wife who is incensed when she learns that her husband Eddie Bichon (Dennis Quaid) is having an affair, and that it's not his first dalliance. Grace embarrasses her husband publicly -- then moves in with her wise-mouthed little sister Emma Rae (the scene-stealing Kyra Sedgwick). Grace becomes even angrier when her mother Georgia (Gena Rowlands) and wealthy father, horse breeder Wyly King (Robert Duvall), side with Eddie in the conflict, fearing the small-town gossip that's sure to swirl around their daughter's marital woes. However, when Georgia finds that Wyly has been a long-term philanderer as well, she kicks him out of his palatial home, embroiling the entire King family in a war between the sexes. Something to Talk About went through several title changes, variously being named "Game of Love" and "Grace Under Pressure" before producers settled on the title of the popular Bonnie Raitt song. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
R (for brief strong language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Julia Roberts
as Grace King Bichon
Dennis Quaid
as Eddie Bichon
Robert Duvall
as Wyly King
Gena Rowlands
as Georgia King
Kyra Sedgwick
as Emma Rae
Brett Cullen
as Jamie Johnson
Haley Aull
as Caroline
Muse Watson
as Hank Corrigan
Anne Shropshire
as Aunt Rae
Terrence Currier
as Dr. Frank Lewis
Terence P. Currier
as Dr. Frank Lewis
Rebecca Koon
as Babaranelle
Deborah Hobart
as Lorene Tuttle
Helen Baldwin
as Mary Jane
Punky Leonard
as Norma Leggett
Beau Holden
as Frank
J. Don Ferguson
as Announcer
Mary Nell Santacroce
as Mrs. Pinkerton
Shannon Eubanks
as Jessie Gaines
Brinley Arden Vickers
as College Friend
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Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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August 30, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Something to Talk About


Quite a downer of a movie for a 90's Julia Roberts! It's not awful, and generally I like small town settings and I'm not someone who thinks movies need to be "nice" either, as that's not how life is. I don't know why I really couldn't take to this that much. The cast are good (well, aside from the daughter. Geez. I actually wondered if she was meant to be special needs in her earlier scenes, but , no, just bad acting it seems).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Adorable movie. Lots of good acting. The relationship between Roberts' and Sedgwick's characters reminded me of my sister and I's.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

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Clever and excellent characterisations elevate the familiar story of how Julia Roberts's life is thrown into turmoil when she discovers that husband Dennis Quaid has been cheating on her. Director Lasse Hallstrom did a good job with this drama movie. He certainly seemed fascinated in making a movie which shows how dysfunctional a family really can be, and on more than one level in this film. Roberts and Kyra Sedgwick are perfect choices of casting as sisters because they look like they could actually be related - imagine they are separated at birth.

Dean McKenna
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