Ty Burr
May 28, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Used People

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Kathy Bates, Marcia Gay Harden, Doris Roberts
director
Beeban Kidron
genre
Comedy

We gave it an C

Everything’s in italics in this Jewish Moonstruck set in 1960s Queens. MacLaine honks nasally and wears dowdy schmattes as a cynical widow; Mastroianni talks in spumoni aphorisms as the Italian gent who woos her; the score oompahs with grating merriment as characters parade cutesy tics instead of human traits. With stars as gifted as Jessica Tandy, Sylvia Sidney, and Kathy Bates drowning in the tough-talking treacle, Used People one of those movies that gives New York a worse name than it already has.

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