Gillian Flynn
September 14, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cookie's Fortune

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Ned Beatty, Glenn Close, Charles S. Dutton, Julianne Moore, Patricia Neal, Chris O'Donnell, Liv Tyler
director
Robert Altman
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

In theaters, the lazy haziness of Cookie’s Fortune, a Southern ensemble comedy, made the story feel like it was stuck in the mud. But on video, the simple plot — a Mississippi man (Charles S. Dutton) is wrongly accused of his friend’s murder — rambles right along (credit the amiable stock characters).

Liv Tyler is sweetly gruff as the tomboy troublemaker, Moore duly limp as her dim-witted mama, and Close good and righteous as Moore’s custodial sister. Under Robert Altman’s direction, there is, of course, the occasional whiff of overdone quirk. But it all results in a comedy that, while not big on laughs, is still quite likable.

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