Don't Be... Everyone Gets A Scene
GENRE: Comedy, ensemle family relations
CAST: Kirk Douglas, Michael J Fox, Nancy Travis, Olivia d'Abo, Ed Begley, Phil Hartman, Colleen Camp, Jere Burns, Bob Balaban, Joyce Hyser, Mary Ellen Trainor, Kevin McCarthy, Khandi Alexander and Jonathan Lynn (also Director)
PLOT: Heirless rich uncle has extended family drooling for him to pick one of them as his favorite. Then they plan to split the wealth and search out a forgotten family member who did the Jimmy Durante imitation as a kid and agree to give him a share, That nephew goes like a yoyo between real familial love and avarice almost costing him his own true love in the process. Can't tell the denoument as it is one of the most valuable pieces of this puzzle.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8.5 of 10; This film is just a series of skits about greed and avarice. The only thing that holds them together are good directing, acting and... um good dialog? Once the ideas about the strange relationship the Uncle has with a young woman are exhausted the movie gratefully runs to conclusion. Isn't that a good thing to say? That knowing that the fair bits of comedy have stretched the limit, you know enough to cut loose? Hey this is one of Kirk Douglas' and Michael Fox's lighter attempts and they are good playing off each other. There is no real background musical scoring to note. Good? Yah! The plot twists are well scripted.
DVD BONUS: Production Notes text; brief/incomplete bio and filmo highlights of many of the cast but not all.; a theatrical trailer; a CD-Rom linkage to the film's site.
ADDED NOTES: There are some fantastic shots of d'Abo in the trailer I cannot recall being in the film. The butler, Douglas (get it ? Kirk's man servant is named Douglas!), is the director and he did a wonderful job holding together the threads of this barely important subject. It afterall is not a situation any of us will find ourselves in sad to say.