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Hanging Up
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"Mainly for Meg Ryan fans."
4 stars

Meg Ryan movies are never a loss, even for non-Ryan fans, despite their variable script quality. They always offer opportunities to see their star act dippy and adorable, plus a couple of hours to marvel at her latest cute hairdo.

The adorability factor means that Ryan could play a villainous character if she wanted to -- she could get away with meanness, like the Julia Roberts character in My Best Friendís Wedding, and all would still be forgiven by the audience. Not that Hanging Up gives her much but virtue and fortitude to play, as the daughter on the spot who has to juggle career, family, and crisis, when dadís health deteriorates and needs assessment. Still, Hanging Up again displays the star, acting and looking as viewers have come to expect, gorgeous when sheís reacting to setbacks, all despite a hairdo that looks like something executed on a moonless night with a blunt instrument by a visually impaired quarreyman.

LA party planner Eve Marks (Ryan) is the daughter of aged former screenwriter Lou Mozell (Walter Matthau), who has to cope when Mozellís mental wanderings demand admission to hospital for a week of tests to establish the problem. The crisis comes at a time when Eve has a big commission to stage a luncheon for prominent businesswomen; meanwhile her younger sister, soap opera actress Maddy (Lisa Kudrow) is enjoying a rural vacation, and older sister Georgia (Diane Keaton), is producing the fifth anniversary issue of her self-titled magazine.

It seems that Eve has always had to cope with the familyís ups and downs, while Maddy is preoccupied with a search for a niche in life and the recognition she craves, and Georgiaís single-minded quest for success enables her to turn any situation to her advantage. Louís current state produces behaviour familiar to Eve from his past delinquencies, sometimes the result of hard drinking. His mental lapses evoke in Eve memories of family life landmarks, both destructive scrapes and happy times. The family is reunited when Maddy resumes work, and Georgia is also called to LA as guest speaker for Eveís businesswomen function; but unhappily the reunion becomes a bedside vigil.

Hanging Up gives Ryan and Matthau more promising material than theyíve enjoyed for some time (screenplay by Delia and Nora Ephron, from Deliaís book), which they make the most of, assisted by the rest of the performances. The filmís other major advantages are the score by David Hirschfelder, and Waldemar Kalinowskiís production design, using a colour palette of neutrals, assisted in its realisation by Bobbie Readís costumes. (Shane

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10/22/08 Shaun Wallner Yawn!!! 2 stars
5/16/02 The Velcro Warlock A who-cares bitchy family comedy. Sad seeing Matthau end career this way. 2 stars
12/25/01 Andrew Carden Had A Few Semi-Funny Jokes, but I Dind't Care For It. 2 stars
6/05/01 Psyko Doug Garbage. 1 stars
10/30/00 cgrayson Boring and meandering 2 stars
8/29/00 Terrie Smith The endless talk in this one could drive a person to drink. Could have been much better. 3 stars
7/07/00 Jed The final Matthau film isn't quite his best but it wasn't his worst either. 4 stars
3/30/00 TIGGER It was pretty good. I expected more from it. 4 stars
3/23/00 Pierce Lanson Comedy?? Why didn't Meg just turn her bloody phone OFF. Squirm. 2 stars
3/19/00 Joel Harwood It was advertised as a comedy but it was a very sad DRAMA 4 stars
3/11/00 tasha Walter Matthau was the only thing that kept the movie alive 2 stars
3/11/00 brentley Not enjoyable whatsoever, but I can't say I hated it either. It was just a "blah" film. 2 stars
3/08/00 Shania Foster This movie was awful. It was sad and had no meaning what-so-ever. 2 stars
2/26/00 Joanie It was OK, but I was expecting a comedy and this sure wasn't it. 3 stars
2/26/00 Poetcdh Not a bad drama but not funny like the ads seem 3 stars
2/23/00 Allan Vogt OK 3 stars
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Directed by
  Diane Keaton

Written by
  Delia Ephron
  Nora Ephron

  Meg Ryan
  Diane Keaton
  Lisa Kudrow
  Walter Matthau
  Adam Arkin
  Cloris Leachman

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