Ty Burr
November 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
John Hurt, Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Heather Graham, Pat Morita, Rain Phoenix, Keanu Reeves
director
Gus Van Sant
genre
Comedy

We gave it an D

For about 10 minutes, Gus Van Sant’s film version of Tom Robbins’ novel about a blond, large-thumbed Candide (Thurman) looks like it might be kinda fun in a ramshackle, Alice’s Restaurant way. The proper hippie reference point, though, would be 1968’s Candy, a bomb that was also based on a counterculture novel and similarly surrounded its vacuous heroine with Hollywood’s more notable eccentrics. There are cheap thrills in playing Spot the Overacting Star (Keanu Reeves, Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Sean Young, and on and on), but if you’re looking for a coherent story, forget it. Buy the k.d. lang soundtrack instead. D+

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