December 15, 2012
What a squandering of an excellent cast. Except for Maggie Smith, whose character was overwrought and whose performance was overacted, most of them tried to make the best of a mawkish, cliche studded script. Worst of all, there were three lines that were blatantly stolen--all somewhat well known. "I don't even buy green bananas anymore"--a dog-eared old joke.
"When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you"--an infamous Goldwynism. "If she dies, she dies"-- plagiarized from George Burns and delivered badly by an actor who should have thrown away the line the way Burns did.
To top it off, the resolutions of every characters' narrative were uniformly implausible, to say nothing of being painfully corny.
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