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.
Comedy , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Kathy Bates
as Bibby
Jessica Tandy
as Freida
as Matthew Branton
Bob Dishy
as Jack
Emma Tammi
as Young Bibby
Asia Vieira
as Young Norma
Lee Wallace
as Uncle Harry
Louis Guss
as Uncle Normy
Gil Filar
as Mark
Maia Filar
as Rhonda
Irving Metzman
as Uncle Al
Matthew Branton
as Swee'Pea
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
Rosario Russo
as Theresa
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 Member
Jim Millan
as Priest
Stephanie Voves
as Girl at Wedding
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Critic Reviews for Used People

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Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Used People


[size=2]I'm beginning the rather lengthy task of entering into the database every film I have seen, at least those I have a decent memory of. Some may have the briefest of reviews while many will just have a number. Those films that I consider personal favorites and/or those that have some historical signficance I will add later when I have time for more lengthy reviews. [b]Unlawful Entry[/b], directed by Jonathan Kaplan, is a psychological thriller with a severely riddled script. Features Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe and Ray Liotta. [b]Used People[/b], directed by Beeban Kidron, is a romantic comedy featuring a fine ensemble cast including Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroiani, Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Marcia Gay Harden, and Joe Pantoliano. Unfortunately the fine cast can't overcome some serious writing flaws in the script. [b]Volcano[/b], directed by Mick Jackson, is a horrible disaster film starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, and Don Cheadle. Did we really need two volcano pictures in one year? No we didn't! But if you have to watch one, pick the lesser of the two evils, which would be [b]Dante's Peak[/b], directed by Roger Donaldson. The film didn't have as big of a budget, but it's almost watchable. Stars Linda Hamilton and Pierce Brosnan. [b]Indochine[/b], directed by Regis Wargnier, is an epic romance that won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language of 1992. It's overwrought and probably not deserving of that award, but it's notable for Catherine Deneuve's performance. [/size]

Jennifer Allison
Jennifer Allison

Enjoyable film, and what a great cast. They all do well, especially Kathy Bates and Sylvia Sydney. Nicely written, although it does have a few parts that drag. Decent period detail. It jumps around a little too much, but it still was easy to follow.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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