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HUSH

SYNOPSIS:
Helen (Gwenyth Paltrow) is the young girlfriend of good-looking Jackson Baring (Jonathan Schaech), who takes her home to meet his mother, Martha (Jessica Lange). Martha is a horse breeder and very possessive where her son is concerned. Helen falls pregnant and Martha starts behaving strangely, becoming the mother-in-law from hell.

"How sad to see such luminous so wasted in a film of such utter dreariness as this. Over a decade ago, there was a slew of these histrionic revenge thrillers, from the likes of Single White Female to The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. They obviously forgot obsessive mothers there somewhere, so here it is, and what an utterly woeful outcome. The point of a dark thriller is to present the audiences with some skilfully executed scenes of suspense, this film will have none of that. 45 minutes into the film, and the first hint of dramatic conflict ensues; prior to that, the movie drifts along in a sea of boredom. It's a slow, meandering film, one that lacks any real tension or atmosphere, a stodgily and ineptly directed work that seems to have no purpose other than induce sleep to a suffering audience. It's a mystery as to why stars Jessica Lange and Gwyneth Paltrow agreed to do this; presumably they were attracted more to dollars than sense. Langue, normally so talented and intelligent an actor, is simply dreadful, dreary and presumably wishing she were somewhere else. It's a tired performance, and one that's inexcusably lazy. Paltrow, who shines magnificently in the upcoming Sliding Doors, comes off just as badly, even worse, given the sheer shallowness of her character, while Johnathon Schaech) ought to watch his choices [wait till he crops up in Australia's Woop Woop]. The film looks pretty enough, but it's a slow and pointless affair, one of those movies that manages to help define the continuing decline of mainstream American cinema. It's no surprise, then, that the film's local distributor was keen to keep it hush, hush."
Paul Fischer

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 3
Mixed: 0
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HUSH (M)
(US)

CAST: Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch, Debi Mazar, Kaiulani Lee, David Thornton (I), Hal Holbrook, Richard Lineback, Richard Kohn, Faith Potts

PRODUCERS: Ginny Nugent, Douglas Wick

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Darby

SCRIPT: Jonathan Darby and Jane Rusconi (story by Darby)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Dunn

EDITOR: Lynzee Klingman, Robert Leighton, Dan Rae

MUSIC: Christopher Young II

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Michael Johnston (I), Thomas A. Walsh

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 28, 1998







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