Used People (1992)

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After the death of her husband, Pearl Berman (Shirley MacLaine) finds herself being courted by an admiring Italian neighbor, Joe Meledandri (Marcello Mastroianni). Despite the objections of Pearl's mother (Jessica Tandy), and her two grown daughters, Norma (Marcia Gay Harden) and Bibby (Kathy Bates), Joe continues to pursue the reluctant Pearl and play an important role in the day-to-day life of her family.

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

A comedy that can make you cry, Used People is the season's most pleasant surprise.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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Has the feel of a film which has been created, with the help of lifestyle questionnaires... [and] for all that, the end product is chilling rather than romantic.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

A soap opera with suds, this meller gives a bad name to the woman's picture in its story of a Jewish widow-matriarch and her dysfunctional family (mom, two problematic daughters), thrown off its shaken balance when Mastroianni's Italian charmer arrives

Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Well-observed but shapeless mainstream romantic comedy that reminds one of Moonstruck.

Feb 10, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

An old-fashioned melodrama with equal doses of laughter and tears.

Jul 12, 2003 | Full Review…

Mastroianni and MacLaine are both fine, but the film is a little too cutesy for its own good.

Jul 2, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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