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THE JOY LUCK CLUB

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The Joy Luck Club

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
139 minutes
performer:
Rosalind Chao, Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, Lauren Tom, Tamlyn Tomita, Andrew McCarthy, Ming-Na, France Nuyen
director:
Wayne Wang
Producer:
Oliver Stone
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
author:
Ronald Bass, Amy Tan
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

THE JOY LUCK CLUB (R) An emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another: What plot there is exists simply to set up the next Big Cry. Adapted from the Amy Tan best-seller, Joy details the relationships of four older Chinese women with their four Americanized daughters. Unfortunately, little is shown that isn’t also described in voice-over, a books-on-audiotape approach that mistakes the literal for the literary. The cast is the main reason to see the film. Asian-American actresses like Tamlyn Tomita and Rosalind Chao rarely get a shot at leading parts, and you can feel their relief in the generous, intelligent performances. But there’s only so long you can keep a lump in your throat before you start to choke on it.