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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
Rating:
R (for brief strong language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

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
Terrence Currier
as Dr. Frank Lewis
Anne Shropshire
as Aunt Rae
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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Critic Reviews for Something to Talk About

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

Something to Talk About is at its best when Khouri's juicy script is adroitly mixing comedy and pathos.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Something to Talk About never goes bad, though it does get corny in places, and it hits a couple of dull patches near the finish.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Everything about Something to Talk About feels off by a few beats.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

In [Khouri's] zeal to portray a world full of male scum, she creates a morally mismatched, pandering scenario.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Something to Talk About is weary -- every ounce of energy and originality has long since been wrung out of this formula, and the 'twist' of having the leads already married doesn't do much to spice up things.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

The ending is still pat, with lots of reasons for optimism, but Something is not as neatly -- or falsely -- resolved as most Hollywood films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Something to Talk About

½

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

½

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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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