Gillian Flynn
November 19, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Tea With Mussolini

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Cher, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith
director
Franco Zeffirelli
genre
Drama, Historical

We gave it a C-

Tea With Mussolini Cher, Judi Dench (1999, MGM, 114 mins., PG, also on DVD) Franco Zeffirelli’s autobiographical period piece boasts a serious cast: Cher and Dench are joined by Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, and Lily Tomlin in 1930s Florence as WWII looms. The English biddies take on mothering an abandoned boy, protecting art, and dealing with their prejudice against wild-and-crazy American Cher (who’s also Jewish, in a plot-device kind of way). You’d think one of these story lines would click, but in the end the movie squanders its talent in uninteresting, overcaffeinated drama. Reel Goodies (1:51) Smith is crisply English when she politely but firmly refuses Scottish soldiers’ request to evacuate. The Last Detail The cast certainly has its share of Oscar winners: Cher (Best Actress), Dench (Best Supporting), and Smith (Best Actress, Best Supporting). And nominees: Plowright and Tomlin (both Best Supporting Actress). C-

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