December 02, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

Widow's Peak

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Mia Farrow, Joan Plowright, Natasha Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Adrian Dunbar
director
John Irvin
distributor
Fine Line Features
author
Hugh Leonard
genre
Comedy, Drama, Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a B-

Hugh Leonard’s script about rivalry in an Irish village between a mousy, mysterious resident (Farrow) and a worldly, fortune-hunting newcomer (Richardson) is as wispy as a pussy willow in a gale. The whole cast, especially Joan Plowright (now the reigning disgruntled screen dowager), is game, and the gossipy atmosphere mildly amusing, but the dialogue isn’t nearly as wry or wicked as it means to be. Even the clever trick ending, which clears up a lot of murky motivations, may leave viewers asking, ”Is that all there is?” It sends you out with whimsy when what’s called for is a bit more meanness. B-

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