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Widows' Peak

movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Widows' Peak

Starring: Joan Plowright, Mia Farrow
Director: John Irvin
Rated: PG
RunTime: 101 Minutes
Release Date: May 1994
Genres: Comedy, Drama

*Also starring: Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Britta Smith, Gerard McSorley

Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

WIDOWS' PEAK is a quirky little Irish comedy and mystery from the director (John Irvin) of Turtle Diary. It features Mia Farrow as the mysteriously angry, local Irish woman who is convinced that the mysterious new English/American stranger, played by Natasha Richardson is "up to murder".

The town is populated by rich widows who live on a hill nicknamed WIDOWS' PEAK. Joan Plowright plays the matriarch of the women. All of the poor folks live down in the town except for poor widow Farrow who mysteriously lives on the peak. Adrian Dunbar is Plowright's son, and he falls head over hills in love with the new stranger.

The movie is pure fluff. It is rated PG. They said one mild four letter word I think to avoid getting the kiss of death of a G rating which most theatergoers thinks means that adults must be accompanied by a child under the age of 6 to attend and must turn off their brain on entering.

Mia Farrow and Natasha Richardson are both a delight to watch. Just quirky enough but never overacting. Lots of great Irish scenery in the movie so if you get bored, just ignore the actors and watch the cinematography (Ashley Rowe) of the Irish countryside and town.

There is frankly not much in the movie. The mystery is fun, but pretty lightweight. It has a nice ending which is sort of easy to guess. The script (Hugh Leonard) is lightweight but with a few good laughs.

Copyright 1994 Steve Rhodes

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