The Evening Star

A STORY ABOUT FRIENDS, FAMILY AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS.

eveningstarIn 1988, Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) has a strained relationship with her grandchildren and eventually agrees to see a therapist (Bill Paxton). The sequel to Terms of Endearment (1983) desperately tries to rekindle our feelings for that sentimental masterpiece, but never really comes close. MacLaine carries it a long way and the movie would be a complete bust without her; not even Jack Nicholson’s glorified cameo near the end is much of a highlight. Still, Juliette Lewis does remind one of Debra Winger, and there are a few amusing moments.

1996-U.S. 129 min. Color. Written and directed by Robert Harling. Novel: Larry McMurtry. Cast: Shirley MacLaine (Aurora Greenway), Bill Paxton (Jerry Bruckner), Juliette Lewis (Melanie Horton), Miranda Richardson, Ben Johnson, Scott Wolf… Jack Nicholson.

Trivia: Johnson’s last film.

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