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Miami Rhapsody

movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Miami Rhapsody

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Sarah Jessica Parker
Director: David Frankel
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 95 Minutes
Release Date: January 1995
Genres: Comedy, Romance

*Also starring: Gil Bellows, Mia Farrow, Carla Gugino, Paul Mazursky, Kevin Pollak, Barbara Garrick, Naomi Campbell, Jeremy Piven

Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

So would you like a show where you can kick back your heels, not tax your overworked brain, have a lot of laughs, listen to well written dialog, and watch some good looking actors and actresses? Well, I have the movie for you--MIAMI RHAPSODY.

First, let's play guess the director. You have a movie set on the East Coast and filled with Jewish people and comedy. It starts with an elegant typeface and has Cole Porter jazz music playing loudly yet soothingly in the background. When it cuts to the actors, you have Sarah Jessica Parker talking documentary style to the camera. She delivers a soliloquy about her life to a never seen doctor behind the camera. Playing a lead role as her mother is Mia Farrow. Finally, the dialog is fast paced, witty, and 80% of the references are about sex.

So you guessed it? Woody Allen, right? Wrong. It was written and directed by David Frankel who does a wonderful homage to Woody. It does not compare to Woody's best, but it is rather like his comedies sans Woody's usual hidden darker meanings.

The movie is about Parker's mother, dad (Paul Mazursky), brother (Kevin Pollak), and sister (Carla Gugino). They and everyone they meet seem to be having or wanting to have sex with everyone and especially with their friend's spouses. This is not very done explicitly--it is mainly handled with some funny dialog. The only lines I can remember are not suitable for printing, but you will laugh when you hear them. The only jokes that had no place in it and certainly did not work were a couple of tired, old anti-working women jokes that I have no idea why they put them in since the rest of the script was bright and intelligent.

The main plot of the show is that mom and dad have been married for a long time. They have fought during most of their marriage and both started having affairs to bring some fun and romance to their lives. In the early scenes each openly and causally tells this to Parker who says she does not want to hear about them having sex with each other much less with someone else!

The rest of the show is just a lot of light hearted dialog. There is not much of a plot. There is no tension or drama, and there is certainly no hidden meanings or serious parts. This movie is like a meringue--not much there but sinfully fun to eat.

Copyright 1995 Steve Rhodes

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