Ensemble chick flicks: ''How to Make an American Quilt''
Ensemble chick flicks: ”How to Make an American Quilt”
THE PREMISE An engaged grad student (Winona Ryder) spends a summer with her grandmother Hy (Ellen Burstyn), great aunt Glady Jo (Anne Bancroft), and their quilting buddies — and ends up questioning her work, her relationships, and her life goals.
THE LEADING LADIES Ryder as The Soul Searcher, Burstyn as The Free-Spirited Grandma, Bancroft as The Grouch, Maya Angelou as the Master Quilter
THE SCOUNDRELS Loren Dean and Rip Torn play a pair of cheaters (though the women do their fair share of double-timin’ too).
YOU’LL LAUGH… When Hy and Glady Jo get stoned out on the porch, and their bickering turns into a giggle fit
YOU’LL CRY… When Glady Jo brings ice cream to the hospital room of Hy’s dying husband, and, with a simple glance, the feuding sisters’ terrible rift begins to heal
FUN FACT The film’s teeming ensemble cast included the stars of TV’s short-lived and much-loved My So-Called Life: Claire Danes and Jared Leto.
WHAT EW SAID ”This kind of movie is why God created Best Supporting Actress Oscars…. Despite a few threadbare patches, How to Make an American Quilt hangs together nicely.” (Read the review)