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
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